Jon and Jonathan. . . Chill out my AikiWeb friends.
Step back from your keyboards and read what was written in context. You have both completely missed the point.
Michael Varin wrote:
On a side note, I'm really getting tired of people posting videos of Sam Chin and Hiroshi Ikeda in place of their own videos.
We are either going to use video or not. You are posting here and presumably engaging in this practice. If you want to post a video depicting some aspect of your practice, make one of yourself.
I swear some posters on AikiWeb have been trying to make a video for 4 or 5 years and can't seem to get it done. It's so simple these days!
The way I read the posts, Jonathan Wong was asked, "How are you [personally] using it in a cool way?"
How can a video of Hiroshi Ikeda possibly show this?
I'm not tired of people discussing Ikeda or Sam Chin videos. When did I ever say that? Please don't mischaracterize my statements. I'm obsessed with aikido and the martial arts. I'll discuss the hell out of anything that anyone posts, and I enjoy when others do the same. I have nothing at all against these guys. I did not criticize them in any way in this thread. Please do not put words in my mouth. And believe me, if I criticize them I would make it clear, because I don't think anyone is off limits.
Not everything or everyone that challenges you in life is antagonistic.