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Old 09-07-2005, 01:30 PM   #6
Michael Hackett
Dojo: Kenshinkan Dojo (Aikido of North County) Vista, CA
Location: Oceanside, California
Join Date: Oct 2000
Posts: 1,238
Re: Poll: How important is facing your own meekness in improving your aikido?

Lynn Seiser's post reminded me of something Gaku Homma Sensei said at the end of one of his classes at the last Aiki Expo. Homma Sensei sat in seiza and held a jo horizontal to the mat. He pointed to one end and said, in effect, this end is aikido done like dance and this other end is aikido done like Rambo. Neither is good. Aikido should be done in the middle somewhere. Maybe you should move a little to one end or the other at times, but your aikido would be best between the two extremes. Obviously I'm paraphrasing, but his comments resonated with me.

"Leave the gun. Bring the cannoli."
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