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Old 09-24-2000, 07:29 AM   #13
chillzATL
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these spiritual practices that you speak of were never part of what O'sensei taught as aikido. They are by-products of the way he lived his life. He was a very spritual man and it was reflected in his aikido. Because his aikido was so good, many have taken it upon themselves to assume that these practices are as aikido, as the techniques themselves. If O'sensei had been a devout christian and christian prayer happened to be a part of HIS aikido, but not something he taught as aikido, would so many people still feel it neccessary to aikido? O'sensei did not teach classes on misogi, chanting or meditation, they were things he did in his daily life but they were not aikido.
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