Thread: Equitable?
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Old 03-30-2005, 02:25 PM   #327
Dojo: Berkshire Hills Aikido
Location: Massachusetts
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 800
Re: Equitable?

Mike Sigman wrote:
Well, that's the perspective I thought you have. Aikido is not a martial art to you. That's the big dichotomy in the Aikido community and it's why so many of us left.


To reiterate:

Saotome Shihan writes in The Principles of Aikido page 9:
"Aikido is the study of wisdom... The purpose of Aikido training is not to create agressive fighters but to refine wisdom and self-control. As an Aikido student you must study to improve and polish yourself, not to compete with others."

I guess, Mike, that Saotome Shihan doesn't view Aikido as a martial art either. That puts Mary in good company.
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