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Old 08-27-2015, 09:33 AM   #1
Peter Boylan
Join Date: Aug 2001
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Aikido Connects The Past To The Present

I was reading one of Ellis Amdur's excellent essays in Old School, and was intrigued by something there. When I started exploring it, I ended up writing this blog post


In any classical budo, and in Aikido, there are elements that takes us well back in time and require us to really think about what we are doing and how our practice embodies the physical and mental realities of ages past. In Aikido, shikko and many of the assumptions about attacks do this. Do you find practice has the same effect on you as I discuss in the blog?

Peter Boylan
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Old 08-28-2015, 01:29 AM   #2
oisin bourke
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Re: Aikido Connects The Past To The Present

Actually, I think pretty much the opposite is the case for aikido. Essentially, aikido as it is practiced today is a group of techniques with no unifying set of principles. The individual practicioner fills the vessel with their own take on the techniques as it suits them for their needs and movement. This is the opposite of koryu, where the practcioner resets their movement,reactions etc to fit the requirements of the ryu.

This is also the reason why aikido is a popular worldwide activity and koryu are practiced by a minority. I suppose, you could refer to the wearing of hakama and bowing etc as nods to the past, but these are fairly superficial in my view.
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