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Old 03-16-2012, 10:52 AM   #19
Location: Massachusetts
Join Date: Jun 2006
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Re: What is a great framework for learning (Aikido) ?

When I think of a "framework", I think of a series of existing conditions, practices and structures into which the student brings whatever it is they bring to their practice. A good framework is one where a student who brings a sincere effort to learn this thing called aikido in a good faith manner, will make good progress toward their goals -- and where, if their goals are somehow wrongheaded, they'll be exposed to whatever they need to reconsider that. This framework can consist of some pretty ethereal stuff, but it also consists of really pragmatic things like the size and condition of the mat, the number and ability and attitude of the students, how hot or cold it is, etc.
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