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Old 01-06-2012, 08:11 AM   #27
Mario Tobias
Join Date: Aug 2006
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Re: Aikido has no enemies

My 2 cents worth.

If you get into a fight, there's only a small chance you will win since there are millions of people out there that are better than you physically.

In order to have higher probability of you coming out of a fight in one piece, the point of Aikido/Aiki I think is to remove "YOU" and any part of you(regarded as weak) from the picture entirely and totally rely on/utilize the natural forces to be on your side when a fight ensues. When I say natural forces, it is the physical laws (ie gravity, use of levers, conversion of potential energy to kinetic, zero work, etc.) where all masses no matter how big or strong will succumb to these forces. That is why even a small person can control a very large person if he has good understanding of the physical laws and how to use these to his advantage.

The more "YOU" get in the picture, the lesser Aikido you are doing and the weaker you become. IMHO, you are just the "medium" neither attacking nor defending but you have something more powerful on your side you are using to control uke. If you start attacking or defending, then Aikido's potency will be diminished since part of "YOU" now will come into the picture. Maybe Osensei said Aikido doesn't have enemies because everybody succumbs to the natural laws?

Thoughts?
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