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Old 11-05-2013, 09:15 PM   #2
Join Date: Jun 2011
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Re: Training One Thing At A Time

When training in aikido one should be able to achieve "mushin", the state of no-mind. Although in the western perception the very phrase can be related to a no-brains-stupid person, in it's actual application in martial arts, this state is the epitome of concentration and awareness.
The Zen concept of being in the"here and now" during training, not only it can increase the level of learning from lesson to lesson, but it will also diminish the danger of injury in the dojo, and maybe even save one's life outside of it since in a real fight the concept of zanshin, being aware and alert are of the utmost importance.
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