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Old 10-21-2015, 05:27 AM   #11
Tim Ruijs
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Dojo: Makato/Netherlands
Location: Netherlands - Leusden
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Re: aikido = self-defense??? or self-defense = aikido???

Aikido allows you create scenario in which you have control and can decide how to use that control.
It can be employed in self-defense.
I am convinced it is offensive, but without the destructive intention. That is quite different from self defense. The latter suggest passive reaction to a situation, Aikido, for me is actively change the situation before it actually happens (i.e. take the initiative). But words are limited....

In a real fight:
* If you make a bad decision, you die.
* If you don't decide anything, you die.
Aikido teaches you how to decide.
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