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Old 03-24-2013, 12:47 AM   #65
Kevin Leavitt
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Re: Aikido Predator Mindset

Humans are intelligent. Humans can think. Humans if they take the time can learn to do many great things. We are capable of making choices. Choices based on intelligent and a very deep level if we choose to garner knowledge and wisdom.

If you look at it that way, then it isn't so much about instinct, being a predator, hunter, sheep or lamb etc....those allegories have been transcended by man in many ways. In fact, these days I am beginning to believe that these allegories become excuses to absolve us of appropriate behavior or responses to a given situation.

Sure at a base level, we may be hunters, sheep gatherers. However, I would hope that as budoka that we understand that our practice is geared to understand ourselves at a deeper level and to transcend our base desires and emotions.

I think it is important to know your "redlines". Which ones you are wiling to cross. Know your "triggers" what things/conditions that will cause you to react/proact or whatever to take some sort of action.

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