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Old 08-16-2011, 07:09 AM   #40
Join Date: Jun 2011
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Re: philosophical or practical martial art?

David Skaggs wrote: View Post
Can you do the "philosophy" of Aikido without learning the martial art?

Hello David.In my opinion you can't.The peaceful way of dealing with every situation has to be backed with technique.Peaceful philosophy(in martial arts) doesn't mean vulnerable person but a warrior who is fighting his battles(literally and metaporically)without using resistance or force against force.But for that to be achieved tremendous skill is required in terms of waza in order for one to be able to defend himself without being aggressive,yet be effective.That's why i mentioned in my previous post that aikido's effectiveness, waza, esoteric ellements and philosophy are one and the same.A solid training that affects all aspects of life.
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