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Old 07-31-2014, 12:12 PM   #1
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Self-defense, Wisdom, and the Way of Aikido

I found this quote in a political article, but it struck me as applicable to the ongoing self-defense debates, too.

Tough guys you know right away because they're never scared of a fight. Wise guys you only know in retrospect, when you remember that they quietly walked away from the fight that now has the tough guy in a hospital.
Everyone talks about how aikido needs to be a "real" martial art, with credible self-defense capabilities. I actually tend to agree with that. But it's also a "do," a Way, aimed at developing better human beings.

Very few of us will ever actually need to use our martial training to protect ourselves or our loved ones. But I suspect we could all do with a little bit more wisdom.

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