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Old 02-17-2005, 08:01 AM   #6
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Re: Article: Penetrating the Heart of Aikido by Ross Robertson

I liked the sentiment, but the article was more about sentiment than reality. I think, even if what is said is true, it has to be brought out from the reality of confrontation, instead of being more of a philosophical arm-chair discussion. Most aikidoka can talk about ki, extension,yin/yang, love etc but how many of us practise it? In my mind, when the student is ready the teacher arrives; and to talk of these philosophical things openly is just to confuse people who aren't already aware of it, because there is no frame of reference. We may as well read a Japanese book on shinto mythology and pretend our aikido or our lives has been improved.
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