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Old 12-07-2000, 03:43 PM   #5
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aikilouis wrote:
'winning all fights is not the highest achievement ; submitting the enemy without fighting IS the highest achievement'.

It made me think it was not absolutely true. In my opinion O Sensei created Aikido for an even higher purpose that could be summed up this way : 'making a friend out of your enemy and restoring general peace is the real achievement'.
Depends on how you accomplish that. I personally don't think that the statements are different.

Fighting is about getting your way. If you win without physical combat, whether you've made a friend of your enemy or not, you've fulfilled the goal mentioned in Art of War.

Accomplishing the friendship in addition is a bonus and I don't really think that Aikido necessarily advocates that, although it is a nice plus and something we say is desirable.

Tarik Ghbeish
Jiyūshin-ryū AikiBudō - Iwae Dojo

MASAKATSU AGATSU -- "The true victory of self-mastery."
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