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Old 04-07-2013, 08:07 PM   #4
Lorien Lowe
Dojo: Northcoast Aikido
Location: California
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 289
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Re: dominance hierarchies and crossing the line

You make a good point, Ashley; I was involved in a sport (crew) for which no scholarships were awarded, so I was free to leave at any time if I didn't ultimately enjoy the practice.

I think the 'cult' aspect is important too, but I think that it actually applies to some college sports as well as to some dojos; football at Penn State, for example. Any time the authority figure is seen as somehow more-than-human, there's a possibility for serious abuse by that figure.
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