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Old 06-13-2004, 03:45 PM   #27
dan guthrie
Dojo: Aikido of SLO
Location: Morro Bay
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 139
Re: Aikido is still violent......?

On the other hand, is violence always bad? I don't think so, or I'd be a pacifist. If a child is running into traffic and the safest way to stop him/her is to grab them violently (tackle or a quick grab for a trailing sleeve), is that bad? If someone is robbing you and you can avoid violence by giving them your money, is that always good?
I think there's good violence and bad violence. I think one of the virtues of Aikido is that it gives us the option of diverting bad violence. Most other martial arts respond to violence with more violence.
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