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Old 03-14-2003, 04:12 AM   #12
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Dojo: University of Ulster, Coleriane
Location: Northern Ireland
Join Date: Oct 2000
Posts: 1,654
Sorry to go on!

Why are street fights the ultimate test? Because aikido isn't really designed for competition and because aikido is nothing without self-defence. I actually feel quite upset when people say that aikido is not a self-defence for them. I know it can mean much more (and does to me) however there are many people who benefit enormously from its self-defence aspect, and if it is not being taught as such they are being deluded into thinking it will be useable.

---understanding aikido is understanding the training method---
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