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Old 08-17-2006, 10:35 AM   #17
George S. Ledyard
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Re: Competition again!!!

David Skaggs wrote:

Also isn't ," Aikido decides life and death in a single strike.", an interesting remark about the lethality of Aikido?
For most of us doing Aikido, this is nothing more than a theoretical capability. Very few folks who started in post war Aikido have studied atemi waza to the extent that they could finish a confrontation with one blow, or even many blows. It's simply not been the focus of what has been passed down to the majority of folks who are training. I suspect the senior Yoshinkan practitioners have some capability in this regard as do the Yoseikan folks but not the majority of folks.

So while we can talk about how Aikido "could be" lethal, in reality it needs to be qualified that only "some people's" Aikido is potentially lethal.

George S. Ledyard
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