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Old 12-01-2004, 07:54 AM   #11
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Dojo: University of Ulster, Coleriane
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Re: Intent of Attack

To me you have to treat the attacker like a piece of meat. I don't mean in an aggressive way, but to have complete emotional detatchment from their aggression. I believe we are training this to some extent in aikido. Someone attacks violently, and we calmly move and respond. It doesn't matter to me if someone intends to run me over, or whether the car is just free-wheeling towards me, you just move. The same with people. In fact, being in this way serves two important purposes i. it reduces fear induced by their projected hate ii. after the fact, it makes you realise people are just people - not objects to be demonised; just normal humans.

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