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Old 05-31-2005, 03:50 PM   #26
Stefan Stenudd
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Dojo: Enighet Malmo Sweden
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Join Date: May 2005
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Different aikido spirits

Alfredo Parra wrote:
Almost everybody within Aiki talks the talk of feeling like a beginner,not wanting to win ,looking for the path etc,etc,but many of them act with arrogance,look down on beginners (not my case b th w).
I know that it exists, and it's sad. I hope we're all working on it
The most common such behavior I find, is aikido practicioners being convinced that what they are used to, is the right thing, and everything else is simply wrong.
Well, that's not right.
Aikido needs dialogue - if someone sticks to a monologue, then it's not aikido.
I find comfort in the fact that the vast majority of aikido practicioners keep the dialogue going, and make sure to be polite and respectful, no matter what their grade is.

About the self defense thing: maybe all the talk about what works or not, shows a longing for competition? Aikido has none - not formally, anyway
Also, sometimes it may very well stem from living in an environment, where self defense frequently comes in handy.

What I enjoy about aikido as self defense, is that it does in spirit refuse to prepare for battle to the extent that one might be the person initiating it.
Also, I find it very charming that lots of aikido people are very modest about their self defense capacities - contrary to students of some other MA, who often think already after their very first class that they are Bruce Lee.

Stefan Stenudd
My aikido website: http://www.stenudd.com/aikido/
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