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Old 11-17-2011, 06:35 PM   #6
Michael Hackett
Dojo: Kenshinkan Dojo (Aikido of North County) Vista, CA
Location: Oceanside, California
Join Date: Oct 2000
Posts: 1,236
Re: Aikido in Schools

Phi is right on the money with his advice. There is no reason to run afoul of the diocese or the anti-establishment clause while teaching aikido. You might use some Terry Dobson or Richard Heckler material to present your program. Heckler had a similar problem when teaching aikido to the military as I recall. Of course your own views of the spirituality of aikido are critical to this debate and your presentation. Some aikidoka see the art as a spiritual pursuit almost to the point of a religious fervor, while some of us are complete heathens, with many somewhere in between. Where you personally fit on that scale will be telling in your pursuit. Be true to yourself above all.

"Leave the gun. Bring the cannoli."
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