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Old 04-05-2003, 10:18 AM   #31
Dave Dean
Dojo: St Louis Ki Society
Location: St. Louis, MO, USA
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 7
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Maybe it shouldn't be a question of "is aikido violent" but "is it excessively violent?"

If someone is trying to hurt you, you DO want to force your will upon them to make them stop.

Even if you do accept that definition for violence, it's just common sense that aikido techniques are less violent than smashing your attacker in the face, intentionally breaking his arm, or using pepper spray or a gun. Unless maybe you use it to throw them through a 3rd-floor window...
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