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Old 07-18-2008, 11:51 AM   #305
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Re: Aikido™ and Aiki…do. Where are we at?

Allen Beebe wrote: View Post
I suspect that Prof. Goldsbury will probably answer this question and others in his upcoming columns.
I'm hoping the same thing. I look forward to each one.

My own opinion is that Aikido™ is not OSensei's Aikido. Further, I think the closest thing to that would probably be Shin'ei Taido. But for all the talk about OSensei's vision, or his Aikido, I don't really think it exists, maybe never did except for him.

Allen Beebe wrote: View Post
Then there is the practical approach . . . Chris and I and many others I suspect have been told, "That's not Aikido!" Which raises the question, "What is Aikido?" And the (often unspoken) answer is almost always, "The Aikido I'm doing (of course)!" And I'm guessing this isn't going to change any time soon!
That's why I find it so freeing to respond with, "You're right, it's not, so do you wanna learn what I'm doing or not?"

Chris Moses
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Budo Tanren at Seattle School of Aikido
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