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Old 06-02-2013, 07:46 AM   #3
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Re: Rei and Controlled Violence

Mark Mueller wrote: View Post
I seem to remember Ellis Amdur menitioning that Araki Ryu had several techniques that originate from the initial "formal" bow...I found this to be a very interesting paradox.
I see what you mean by paradox and perhaps Ellis can shed light on the meaning within Araki Ryu, but I don't see a particular contradiction. Even within the act of a "formal" bow you should still maintain zanshin including an awareness of all that is happening and has the potential to happen.

To expand on my original post I am not really talking about the more omote forms of rei - which never seem to be discarded and in fact are often overdone (more Japanese than the Japanese) but more subtle things like attitude toward sensei and perhaps more important fellow students.

Peter Rehse Shodokan Aikido
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