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Old 09-24-2013, 11:58 AM   #5
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Re: Osensei's Feet of Clay

I said in another thread a few weeks ago that I am continually amazed by the number of people for whom it is not enough for aikido to simply be aikido.

There are those who treat aikido like a religion, and I think the belief that Ueshiba was a kind of saint or prophet is an extension of this. If aikido is just aikido, then Ueshiba can be what he was: a great martial artist with a great idea. And that understanding of O Sensei is not one that can be punctured by his failures as a human being.

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