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Old 06-27-2008, 11:47 AM   #1
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"Getting a Black Belt in Creativity"

Posted 2008-06-27 10:46:59 by Jun Akiyama
News URL: http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/about...ity-27-06-2008

This article entitled "Getting a Black Belt in Creativity" briefly describes Mark Bradford's research into connecting aikido and the design process.

From the article: "You imagine having a brainstorm with all the idea flying out from one central point," he says. "That is the same as an aikido situation - jiyuwaza - which features an individual defending themselves against multiple attackers. It's really trying to take the principals of aikido and applying them to the creative flow."

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Old 07-02-2008, 08:46 PM   #2
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Re: "Getting a Black Belt in Creativity"

I remember a lecturer from the University of Sunderland was doing some research into chi in design, particularly calligraphy (no examples on the site though).



I've also had it suggested to me that I take up Japanese calligraphy to improve my aikido. I'd agree that the concepts of distancing and dynamics that exist in aikido are also present in good design.

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Old 07-03-2008, 02:48 PM   #3
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Re: "Getting a Black Belt in Creativity"

Interesting article, and I can see Aikido as a creative stimulus. Then again, as long as a person has the ability/desire to think far "outside the box," a three hundred page document of massive originality can be written about a blade of grass.

Note: The writer may completely lose his/her mind in the process.

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