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Old 07-16-2013, 07:35 PM   #24
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Re: Aikido as an educational system

Joe Curran wrote: View Post
Picking a fight with no opponent is preferable to picking a fight with an opponent.
But that's a false dichotomy, isn't it? How about: if there's no opponent, if no one's attacking you, why fight at all?

Joe Curran wrote: View Post
I think this question about the effectiveness has been done to death.If so why is the subject being discussed again? Can't we think of better things to discuss herein?
Some people can't, no. For some people, that's a central issue they have to resolve since they're studying a martial art, and the only acceptable resolution for them is one that involves physically schooling their opponent. Personally, I don't know that it's so much that aikido gives us other choices in conflict (I believe it does, but not without a lot of work), as that life gives us those other choices. It's kind of dumb to use a martial art, any martial art, to solve a problem that could better be solved with a different set of tools.
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