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Old 04-16-2004, 08:29 PM   #9
Charles Hill
Dojo: Numazu Aikikai/Aikikai Honbu Dojo
Location: Three Lakes WI/ Mishima Japan
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 837
Actually, in the point where Mr. Clark considered the martial arts and music to be different, I think they are the same. The music, in the European classical, is written down, but at the higher levels, a student must go to a teacher to study how to interpret the notes and to get the important points that are not one the page. There is a strict lineage in the classical music world that I think parallels Budo.

Similarly, I think that I could buy all the Jiyushinkan`s videos and learn a lot, but I could never consider the process complete until I go to Texas and have Mr. Clark actually do the techniques on me.

I think that individual techniques have very little value in themselves. It is through the practice of form that I can get that unnameable/intangible thing from my teachers.

Charles Hill
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