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Old 09-03-2011, 12:29 PM   #172
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Re: philosophical or practical martial art?

Hi Mark,
After reading this article posted in another thread I thought instantly of your recent remarks to me. Here Nidai Doshu seems to describe, in what seems like fairly clear terms, the direction in which his efforts went.

Pranin of Kisshomaru's remarks wrote:
[My father] put a broad interpretation on the idea of kata (form) placing instead emphasis on the pursuit of the highest spiritual plane. This is why Aikido became what it is today. In a sense, there is something in Aikido which corresponds to Zen. Aikido involves a complete change of thinking patterns...Also, its training method is in harmony with the workings of society. Morihei Ueshiba was a martial arts genius. We must do our best to bridge the gap between his flash of genius and society.

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