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Old 09-18-2003, 04:46 PM   #14
Janet Rosen
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I helped organize and attended the first aikido-l seminar in 1998 when I was 5th or 4th kyu. Its true that I did not take away much technical knowledge from the variety of styles that were presented. But maybe more importantly, I took away a real appreciation of the fact that these varieties EXIST, that they are all indeed valid aikido, that when done by senior folk they all look pretty alike, and that one big difference in "style" is didactic: how are basics taught? Since my instructor was firmly and vocally in the camp that there was only one aikido worth doing, that of the Shihans in his style, I might have gone years without seeing through that fallacy.

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