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Old 08-01-2014, 04:28 PM   #14
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Re: Self-defense, Wisdom, and the Way of Aikido

Matthew Gano wrote: View Post
I might be quibbling over semantics here, but while I would agree that any serious student of martial arts should work in this direction, I do not think you have to be able to handle physical power in order to live up to many of the "spiritual" growth aspects.
Certainly there are plenty of non-martial spiritual development practices that seem to work for their adherents. And there are plenty of challenges to the self to be found in non-physical practices.

I do think that the need to confront physical power -- both your own and others' -- is a valuable part of martial arts study, though.

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