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Old 01-10-2005, 02:22 PM   #11
Ed Stansfield
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Re: Poll: How important is the notion of "self defense" in your aikido training?

I knew I'd read this somewhere . . .

Chida, like most of the top sensei, thought self defence a little ridiculous. They were interested in principles, abstract secrets of the human body that could only be studied and learnt through " pure" aikido training. Of course in any "self defence" type situation these same sensei would be lethal . . .
I think you can validly practice Aikido to study the principles involved without it leading to degeneration or dancing.

Now, if you'll excuse me, there's a mob outside my house, waving pitchforks and burning copies of "Angry White Pyjamas".



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Winston Churchill, 1930.
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