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Old 08-20-2008, 11:29 PM   #171
Gernot Hassenpflug
Dojo: Aunkai, Tokyo
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 319
Re: "Aiki" in Russian Video Clips

And another thing, going on from there....(I'll leave out one step):

What happens to a person when they realize that the spear is not used to thrust, when for decades that had been the ingrained idea? When they realize that one instead does a super-Zorro impression on the other party with it? And why that is necessary and preferable and universally applicable, and how the training emphasis then changes though the "exercises" look the same. And that this type of movement and intention likely form the same relationship to "empty-hand" (hollow laugh) bujutsu as calligraphy and tea ceremony, noh and so on have when their relationship to martial arts is mentioned.

Finally: what kind of mindset develops then that can meet an opponent's "A" not with "B" or "C" or "D", but with "not A"?

(The answer, in my limited experience: absolutely f**king scary. And seemingly insane because it can't be tracked by ordinarily-developed thinking)

Last edited by Gernot Hassenpflug : 08-20-2008 at 11:32 PM.