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Old 08-23-2016, 08:41 AM   #35
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Re: Reconcile the world

John Hillson wrote: View Post
When a dojo talks about ethics driven training, and then only offers a class of Kotegaeshi and Ikkyo - is the art itself responsible for not supporting the weight of the claims?
Does "the art itself" make the claims? Then no. The dojo that makes them has taken on that burden.

Ron says:

I think Aikido has both an ethical and philosophical tradition.
I don't think "Aikido" has anything that could be argued to be a coherent "ethical and philosophical tradition", and if it's not coherent, not intelligible to today's practitioners, does it make any practical sense to use it as a guidepost? And if your dojo has such a tradition, that's great, but should you be calling it Aikido's tradition?
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