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Old 08-23-2004, 12:15 PM   #21
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Dojo: University of Ulster, Coleriane
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Re: Blindly searching for the path of Aikido

P.S. I think the development of an ideal martial artist is as such:

1. basic techniques
2. internalising these techniques
3. physical and mental toughness development (actually occurs throughout)
4. gain in confidence
5. gain in sense of responsbility
6. development of aurora of impenatrability (not in an 'esoteric' sense)

I have come to believe that ascetic exercises are useful for psychological development in the martial arts. You may get to the point where you don't care if someone attacks you because they can't possibly hurt you as much as you hurt yourself (do people think this is too extreme?). Once you get this, people will not want to attack you.
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