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Old 06-02-2013, 05:43 AM   #1
PeterR
 
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Rei and Controlled Violence

A couple of instances at the dojo got me thinking about the overall concept of rei and its importance in Aikido training. The most common forms of bowing in and out are there but in a few instances, what I would consider lines, were crossed. No I am not screaming foul - just that it got me thinking.

I do remember writing on Aikiweb about the topic once before but all I could find was a statement on how martial arts was controlled violence. Somehow rei was not involved - perhaps it never was.

I did find http://shodokanaikido.es/?p=526 where Nariyama Shihan is quoted as saying
Etiquette is the foundation and premise of martial arts. A fighting spirit is important, but it is mere violence if there is no etiquette.

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Peter Rehse Shodokan Aikido
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