View Single Post
Old 10-13-2012, 09:54 AM   #50
Ellis Amdur
Ellis Amdur's Avatar
Location: Seattle
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 846
The four-legged animal metaphor

In the interest of precision, there is frequent reference to the "four-legged animal" metaphor, a term pioneered, as I understand it, by Tohei Koichi, who stated his disagreement with Ueshiba K. was that, if I have it corrrectly, that he believed that aiki was something that was developed within one whereas Ueshiba K. believed it happened between two individuals (awase). Whether he was fair to Ueshiba K. is not germane, at the moment.

So my question is, when there is a reference to the "four legged animal," and criticism of the utility of this image, is the critic speaking about which of the two attached images, that of Tohei Koichi or that of Dr. Doolittle?

Ellis Amdur
Attached Files
File Type: pdf Four-legged animal - Dr. Doolittle.pdf (181.6 KB, 173 views)
File Type: pdf Four-legged animal - Tohei.pdf (303.0 KB, 215 views)

  Reply With Quote