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Old 06-02-2013, 11:56 AM   #4
oisin bourke
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Re: Rei and Controlled Violence

Something that has always struck me (and is rarely remarked on) is that Japan is one of the safest countries in the world, so perhaps this is partially a result of how they train in budo?

Basically, this seems to me to be: train to be able to look after yourself in an extreme situation, but generally, train to control yourself/emotions and modify your behaviour when interacting with others. Equally, Korea and China seem to me to be reasonably stable and peaceful places (taking into account formidable social problems and population pressures), so perhaps Asians have developed very sophisticated systems in which to channel and express aggression/conflict? Perhaps this is Rei? And perhaps this is what we should be taking from our training?
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