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Old 08-14-2012, 01:49 PM   #19
Chris Li
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Re: ki testing...emphasis on both uke and nage getting stronger

Dan Harden wrote: View Post
The last first
Aikido was always about fighting ability...thats how you could control without fighting.
If Ueshiba could not fight....none of us would be here...including this site.
What he was trying to demonstrate was to be so good you could control without fighting.
Reminded me of this quote from Hiroshi Tada:

An Aikidoka should be able to consistently cut down an opponent with the first blow. This it the true Budo aspect of Aikido. It is precisely because we are confident that we will always able to do this. This confidence gives us two things, our strength and the ability to choose a less deadly outcome, both of which we should have as a prerequisite to our training.