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Old 10-19-2011, 08:08 PM   #19
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Re: Fighting does not work at all in Aikido.

Graham Christian wrote: View Post
Thus any fight by another is immaterial to him and easily faced. In the zen mind there is no fight, there cannot be.
Easily faced, though not always easily surmounted (in my experence at least). I agree it helps dramatically to be unfettered by fear and uncertainty, but another side of that is the usefulness for familiarity with the Fight, which is where concepts like competition (not "point-scoring") come in. I used to describe the absolute weakness of competitive mindsets until I began to see a distinction between winning for winning's sake, and winning/losing as a natural consequence of testing learning.

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