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Old 06-26-2006, 04:52 AM   #15
David Yap
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 561
Re: Linear Progression, Circular Refinement

David Skaggs wrote:
Probably this and most stories like it are not about a real person but told to illustrate a point. I think they are great fun.
It is not that Soke Mas Oyama (founder of Kyokushin karate) only knew just one technique. He only believed in one principle - to kill/maim with one blow in all his fights.

O sensei no doubt applied the same principle when he said "the fight is over before it begins". He was not advocating that aikido should be violent or brutal. He was stating that aggressive action should be natural in the quickest and simple manner. Thus far, I have not come across any fancy techniques from his photos and video clips. Perhaps circular refinement is fundamental than linear progression.

Just my 2 sen.

David Y
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