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Old 01-10-2005, 10:46 AM   #7
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Re: Poll: How important is the notion of "self defense" in your aikido training?

Ian Dodkins wrote:
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.
Here is one opinion by Yamamoto Sensei

It is not practice that makes perfect, it is correct practice that makes perfect.
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