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Old 01-27-2005, 08:10 AM   #13
Adam Alexander
Dojo: none currently
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 499
Re: What's your sensei teaching you?

I think "Aikido" must be defined before you can have a discussion about it. So far, it seems like the word is being used differently by different people.

To me, "Aikido" could be defined as a group of hand-to-hand combat rooted movements that utilize a number of physical principals to exploit another's intincts.

If you agree with that definition, then you're learning Aikido and some additional lessons from your instructor. If you're finding lessons within the techniques, then maybe you could say that Aikido is teaching you life lessons.

I've always thought that it was rather egotistical for an instructor to teach more than samurai philosophy and technique on the mat. I believe it's that ego that causes instructors to have difficulty with classes.

How do you define "Aikido?"

Last edited by Adam Alexander : 01-27-2005 at 08:13 AM. Reason: making clarifications
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