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Old 06-23-2008, 10:55 PM   #5
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Re: Long road vs short road to ki power (aiki, internal strength...)

Ron Ragusa wrote: View Post
Do you see any value in the long road to ki development?
Is the short road always the preferred path?
I think, all other things being equal, we all would choose to learn more efficiently than not, wouldn't we?

Is there anything to be gained from deliberately slowing down the growth of your ki power?
I can see how I might forsake the study of one aspect for another, but I can't think of a reason to learn something slower.

Do you feel that it's important for your students to have the time grow into their power in a responsible manner?
I can see a good reason to teach someone slower...particularly something potentially dangerous. I can see where in some cases a teacher might want to ensure the student has the strength of character to wield his or her new-found power wisely. I grew up knowing a number of wrestlers and boxers who didn't, for example. I don't know how they were taught, but i can see how a different sense of responsibility might have helped a few of them.

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