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Old 04-10-2002, 01:57 PM   #34
Lyle Bogin
Dojo: Shin Budo Kai
Location: Manhattan
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 588
The octagon has many rules and is mixed matial arts fighting is a sport. A tough, fascinating sport where the fighters use techniques that are applicable in abstract combat, but still a sport.

I see nothing wrong with the idea that if you are looking for straight combat you should begin somewhere besides aikido. At the same time, fighters should recognize that the elements from which they forge their specific techniques are address very directly in aikido.
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