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Old 08-31-2013, 08:45 AM   #5
OwlMatt
 
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Re: Techniques are dead: Living movement vs dead technique

I think, in any form of art, the goal of learning technique is eventually to transcend technique. As a guitar player, I learn chord shapes and hand positioning, but the longer I practice, the more I find myself spontaneously pulling out things that I've never learned. I wouldn't go as far as Dan and say that aikido is formless -- since we all obviously learn form and that form is clearly part of what we call aikido -- but I do think the aikidoist's ultimate goal is to move beyond form.

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