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Old 01-10-2005, 06:43 AM   #4
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Re: Poll: How important is the notion of "self defense" in your aikido training?

I'd love to hear views from those who said it wasn't important. I think the self-defence aspect sets the structure and the goal to which the aiki concepts are honed. Without keeping self defence (or at least combat) in mind I think the aikido could 'degenerate' into a wide range of movement which involves blending, but which has no other use.
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