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Old 05-24-2007, 08:19 AM   #51
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In all of this myriad training of martial methods, farming methods, spiritual methods and community methods what was the binding feature that tied it together for him? In your view, please.
"He realized the true purpose of Budo was love that cherishes and nourishes all beings."

http://www.aikidofaq.com/history/osensei.html

The binding feature was O'Sensei's concept of Budo. The four methods you mentioned in your post all have to do with nourishing.

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Old 05-24-2007, 08:32 AM   #52
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"He realized the true purpose of Budo was love that cherishes and nourishes all beings."

http://www.aikidofaq.com/history/osensei.html

The binding feature was O'Sensei's concept of Budo. The four methods you mentioned in your post all have to do with nourishing.
1.Martial methods for protection from harm.
2.Farming methods for sustenance.
3.Spiritual methods for the relationship with God ( or whatever your religious beliefs are).
4.Community methods for the relationship with others.

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Old 05-24-2007, 11:58 AM   #53
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Re: What is the binding feature of O'Sensei's teaching and training?

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It was a challenge from a certain swordsman, the guy wasn't an "uke". O-Sensei did an irimi, the guy had attacked with full commitment and intent, not the partial commitment that would have been the polite and safe way of checking out O-Sensei's skill. He hit O-Sensei so hard that he bounced off into the wall and his injury ended his martial arts career.

What O-Sensei changed wasn't his technique, he simply stopped accepting challenges any more. He said that it simply wasn't safe to do so.

People misunderstand about the training methodology and the underlying philosophy and think that there is some magic non-violent, non-injurious way to defend oneself that O-Sensei discovered. What he, in fact, said was that there was no way to have violent intent because it lead to your destruction. There is no way to deal with a fully committed attack with intent to harm by a skilled attacker that would leave him intact. That's why he stopped accepting challenges and that's why we don't have competition. Without rules, there is no way to do it safely and O-Sensei did not want to create an art that was shaped by the artificial constraints of rules.
This is also representative of my learning regarding the underlying reason 'challenges' were called off.

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"He realized the true purpose of Budo was love that cherishes and nourishes all beings."

http://www.aikidofaq.com/history/osensei.html

The binding feature was O'Sensei's concept of Budo. The four methods you mentioned in your post all have to do with nourishing.
I believe you will enjoy this article related to budo and farming.http://www.aikidojournal.com/?id=2903. The article is great and it has some sitings at the end for material of Masanobu Fukuoka, Mu Farming and the creation of 'true people'.

Here is another article called greening the desert.http://www.context.org/ICLIB/IC14/Fukuoka.htm

Good reading.

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