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Old 03-26-2004, 06:59 AM   #19
David Edwards
 
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Dojo: Genbukan, Macclesfield
Location: Macclesfield, NW England
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From my own limited understanding and knowledge, I'd say you're absolutely right, and what your teacher is teaching is the outer shell of Aikido without the inner beauty. And even dismissing spirituality, for those who do not consider themselves spiritual people, he shouldn't be using physical strength for his techniques, and he certainly shouldn't come across as an agressive person, no?

And as for O Sensei, he had several spiritual enlightenments, the most notable one being at the age of 42, IIRC, which was the turning point for his Aikido, and the point at which it is generally recognized that he became the invincible martial artist that he is remembered as.

It's a kind of magic
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