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Old 05-21-2014, 04:45 PM   #116
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Re: Why bother keeping Aikido 'pure'?

Christopher Li wrote: View Post
Of course, the other guy who did that was so barbaric that Morihei Ueshiba made him Aikido's first 8th Dan.
OTOH, there are stories of Ueshiba Sensei handing out ranks to all sorts of people. Which I see as an indication that he thought "mastery" had more to do with being an enlightened human being than with martial prowess as such. Something to keep in mind when one is inclined to scoff at the less martially-inclined branches of the aikido family tree.

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