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Old 08-23-2011, 04:31 AM   #74
Carsten Möllering
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Re: philosophical or practical martial art?

Niall Matthews wrote: View Post
If someone who did not have any sense of spirituality (your example of a person coming to the dojo without it) did aikido for a long time would that person develop one?
Correct: I don't think such a person would develop a certain spirituality or philosophey. At least when coming to a dojo like I know it and practicing in a way which is comparable to the way I am used to.

I saw some very committed students fail who where seeking for something like spirituality or philosophy for their life in aikido practice. One of them was my first teacher.

When you bring something with you, aikido can be a great tool, to work on it.

Yannis Mousoulis wrote: View Post
There is only one aikido and that is o'sensei's aikido, based on the basic principles that he taught.
Who defines then what this really aikido is?

Everybody who say that they are teaching another style, they don't know what they're saying!
I tried to say that I understand it just the other way round: The name aikido is used for many ways of practice. But this ways of practice have become more and more different.

And then of course, they engage in endless discussions ...
Who is "they"?
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