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Old 06-12-2004, 05:40 PM   #15
Tharis
Dojo: Chicago Aikikai
Location: Chicago, IL
Join Date: May 2004
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Re: Aikido is still violent......?

IMHO, as martial arts go, I think Aikido is about as non-violent as it gets. While every technique in Aikido could be applied in a way to inflict long-term injury to uke, it's nage's choice to inflict injury. What makes the technique "aiki" in OSensei's sense is the consideration for uke's well being. Any throw has the potential to cause grievous bodily harm to uke, but the aikidoka has the choice not to. The amount of "violence" applied depends on nage.

Aikido isn't violent, people are violent. The goal of Aikido is to correct the violence in people. Otherwise it'd just be another form of jiu-jutsu

Yours in ukemi,

Thomas
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