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Old 06-24-2006, 10:29 AM   #6
David Yap
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Re: Linear Progression, Circular Refinement

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David Skaggs wrote:
Is Aikido a linear progression where you learn basic principles as a foundation to learn more advanced principles then move on to learn more advanced principles,, etc, etc?
or
Is Aikido a circular refinement where you learn basic principles as a foundation to learn more advanced principles then return to the principles learned to practice them again and again?
Hi David S,

I agree with Ledyard sensei that it is both. Aikido like any skill art needs constant practice. How do you define basic and advance principles? Are there basic and advance principles in ikkyo? I don't think so.

Other way of looking at it. A tangent of a circle is a straight line - we can say a circle consists of infinite straight lines. Shu-ha-ri in a wider prospect

Best training

David Y
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