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Old 11-23-2004, 02:10 AM   #35
George S. Ledyard
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Re: Aikido and Preserving Ego

Matthew Green wrote:
I practice Zen, and I was wondering if Aikido is still just to preseve one's ego. I know that many of O'Sensei's teachings were to shed ones ego, but If you do so, then whoare you defending? What is the "point" of defending oneself? I personaly practice Aikido just for fun, and find It to be a good physical and spiritual activity. I do not plan on ever having to defend myself. I belive good Karma is your best defense in life. On the other hand, I guess you could look at it from the persepective that the attacker is only attacking themselves. I am very interested in other peoples insights on this topic. Zen and of other faith.....
One of the columns I wrote for Jun had something to say about this...

True Self Defense - Article

George S. Ledyard
Aikido Eastside
Bellevue, WA
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