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Old 02-06-2001, 01:27 PM   #11
Location: Los Angeles
Join Date: Nov 2000
Posts: 59
ian wrote:
I started in Aikido, but trained in other martial arts (Karate, Tang Soo Do, Judo, Ikebana) to become more rounded and better at doing strong attacks. This is very important to me and I am now introducing more strikes/kicks etc at the beginning of the class so that people can still use these, and so realistic attacks.
I never knew that Ikebana, which is the art of Japanese Flower arranging, was considered a Martial art. I know that the Samurai included this in the Budo way, to develop internally, but somehow that way you made it sound place visions of flowers being flung at the opponent with deadly accuracy.

-When two blades cross points,
There's no need to withdraw.
The master swordsman
Is like the lotus blooming in the fire.
Such a person has inside of them
A heaven soaring spirit.
- Tozan Ryokan
4th verse on the 5 ranks
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