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Old 09-21-2011, 09:29 PM   #19
Chris Li
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Re: Aikido: Discussions of power

Graham Christian wrote: View Post
Is that right???

He did say what he was searching for which was true budo. He finally found it too.

Power as a word used on it's own is hollow and I guarantee he did not say such things without qualification.

Henry kono did indeed ask such a question but the answer stated above has some add ons for he never mentioned in yo ho or anything else, he merely stated it was because he didn't understand yin and yang. No more.

Power over someone would be domination would it not? How many times did he say his Aikido was not about domination and control?

"Yin and yang" is Chinese. Ueshiba was speaking Japanese and would have said "In yo". "Ho" just means "method".

In and yo appear all through Ueshiba's writings - including the ones after he said that he had found "true budo". Also all of the other bits that Dan mentions. All of that is available in publicly available works.

Here's an interesting fact - Ueshiba wrote a commentary about how to do kokyu-ho, and one well known translation has it as "put ki energy into your fingertips" - only the original Japanese says "put power (力) into your fingertips". Do you begin to see the problem?

You mentioned "eight powers" in a previous post. OK, I'll bite - what are the eight powers, what do they mean, and where do they come from?



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