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Old 09-30-2001, 11:39 AM   #5
Location: New Orleans
Join Date: Sep 2001
Posts: 2
Thumbs down re: nikon's philosophy question

I started practicing Aikido because I got my hands on a book called Aikido and the Harmony of Nature by Mitsugi Saotome. I am almost done with the book (I get side tracked really easily). Because I have read about much of the underlying ideologies, Aikido has taken on a significantly philosophical side. I feel that any Aikidoka who practice Aikido as just another martial art are not true Aikidoka in total sense of the word. So I would say that no, one could not be "good" at Aikido without the philosophical understanding, for it is that understanding which truly makes it the way of love and peace.

Fill your bowl to the brim
and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife
and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security
and your heart will never unclench.
Care about people's approval
and you will be their prisoner.

Do your work, then step
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