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Old 11-06-2003, 07:29 PM   #9
Nathan Plant
Dojo: Aikido of Silicon Valley, Sunnyvale CA
Location: Campbell, CA
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 3
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I'm a beginner, taking lessons in an Iwama-style dojo... I'm not totally sure what all this means, since I'm so new to the politics of it all (if it can be called such), but it seems to me that if a technique is doable, usable, and effective, then it shouldn't matter who taught it or who came up with it. After all, wasn't O'Sensei's whole system of Aik-jutsu and Aikido an amalgam of several martial arts - all effective in their own ways to begin with?

Side note: I've heard Witt Shihan, the senior instructor at my dojo make comments not unlike the kind some of you have heard, but I think he was referring more to the ease and effectiveness of a particular way to do a technique, as apposed to "putting down" another style.

Yet stones have stood for a thousand years, and pained thoughts found
The honey of peace in old poems.
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