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Old 04-01-2004, 11:55 AM   #32
Matt Gallagher
Dojo: Shudokan
Location: UK
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 20
I have heard very high ranking Sensei say "I cannot demonstrate real Aikido since it is a deadly art" (or words to that effect) and have also heard that O Sensei shared this sentiment. I took that to mean that real Aikido is about life and death - not that surprising when you consider the origins of the art - and not to mean that the aforementioned Sensei could not show the appropriate level of control when practising Aikido (for real or in training). I voted 'Critically Important' because by training I hope to achieve such mastery of myself in any situation as to have the choice of life, death or anywhere in between.

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