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Old 11-09-2012, 12:05 PM   #15
David Orange
Dojo: Aozora Dojo
Location: Birmingham, AL
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 1,511
Re: The Fear of Power

Krystal Locke wrote: View Post
To the carpenter, every problem needs a hammer and a nail.

Folks come to aikido for a variety of reasons, and it isn't worth my time to worry about someone else's messed up relationship with their universe. Too busy dealing with my own.

Petitio principii.
The problem is when people are teaching that aikido is this or that when, clearly, that was not Ueshiba's position at all.

Everyone, of course, has his own problems to deal with. Mine happens to be a charge from Ueshiba's uchi deshi and this happens to be the place for that.

And my point is that improper aikido teaching breeds an improper and unnatural fear of power that has spread throughout the sphere so that aikido leads further from nature and further from Ueshiba as we go. Of course, it's hopeless to expect that to change. Ueshiba himself was disappointed in where he saw things headed, as was Mochizuki. So it's just too bad, I suppose.

"That which has no substance can enter where there is no room."
Lao Tzu

"Eternity forever!"
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