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Old 07-13-2013, 05:29 PM   #14
Dojo: Sakumeikan N.E. Aikkai .Newcastle upon Tyne.
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 1,266
United Kingdom
Re: Aikido as an educational system

Dear All,
Get real.Just because you knock about with Japanese type gear and spend time doing fancy throws will not guarantee that you become invincible.I would suggest that anybody who thinks this is the case is living in cloud cuckoo land.The fact is that if you are not careful any determined aggressor be they 16 , big , small or whatever can give you a hard time.Aikido is the cultivation of common sense.If threatened if possible avoid conflict.This to me makes sense.Too many people watch rubbish on TV [Big Steven S for example ] and think Aikido turns you into Superman.There are of course some Aikidoka who I would not want to run into on a dark night, like henry Ellis said Abbe Sensei might well have been of small stature but he was a tough guy.Cheers, Joe.
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