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Old 11-30-2003, 11:49 PM   #7
pbaehr
Location: NY
Join Date: Nov 2003
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I can count the number of times my sensei has discussed the philosophical aspects of aikido on no hands. However, after practicing for two and a half years and finally starting to read a great deal more about the philosophy behind aikido, I'm amazed at how much of it I've already extracted on my own from practicing the technical portion of the art. I think dedication to the technical portion of aikido is the path to aikido's philosophy. I can think of three distinct classes since I began that ended in a personal epiphany. Could I learn the same lessons by reading about it? Probably. Could I FULLY UNDERSTAND it by reading about it? Not as much so. That's my perspective, anyway.
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