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Old 10-28-2004, 09:18 AM   #1
Paula Lydon
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common ground

~~Beyond the many differences in how Aikido is viewed and practiced today, what is the unifying thread? What is the common ground upon which all Aikidoka may stand together and from which the Aikido future will grow?~~

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Old 10-28-2004, 10:17 AM   #2
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Re: common ground

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Paula Lydon wrote:
What is the common ground upon which all Aikidoka may stand together and from which the Aikido future will grow?
It may sound flippant (groan, pun), but the common ground may, or should, be where we land on the mat, not where we stand. :-)

Put another way, the most important thing in my view is that we train together.

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Old 10-28-2004, 09:53 PM   #3
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Re: common ground

Harmony
or at least that as our goal is the unifying theme of the art as a whole.(It seems to me)
My thoughts
Lan

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Old 10-28-2004, 10:33 PM   #4
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Re: common ground

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~~Beyond the many differences in how Aikido is viewed and practiced today, what is the unifying thread? What is the common ground upon which all Aikidoka may stand together and from which the Aikido future will grow?~~
Maybe the common ground isn't defined by a "unifying thread" like so many bangles on a bracelet but the points of intersection of many threads like the weave of a cloth...

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Old 10-28-2004, 10:45 PM   #5
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Re: common ground

Love

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Old 10-28-2004, 11:40 PM   #6
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Re: common ground

Respect and love for all living things, even those who would seek to do you harm.

"The only true victory is victory over oneself."

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Old 10-28-2004, 11:54 PM   #7
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Re: common ground

Tenkan and irimi!

"For peace and happiness are presences, not objects we can grasp and hold onto."
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Old 10-29-2004, 12:02 AM   #8
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Re: common ground

Ack.

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Old 10-29-2004, 01:08 AM   #9
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Re: common ground

beer

Oh and mutual respect, love, harmony etc.

Helping to create a better world. Even if we have a different idea about how we need to go about that.

Last edited by p00kiethebear : 10-29-2004 at 01:10 AM.

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Old 10-29-2004, 01:36 AM   #10
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Re: common ground

I'm actually of the opinion that martial arts in general have more in common than they do differences. I'm pretty sure warrior spirit flows through all martial artists.
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Old 10-29-2004, 02:10 AM   #11
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O-sensei and his principles.
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Old 10-29-2004, 02:37 AM   #12
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Re: common ground

That is an excellent question, because it is one that needs to be looked at by all the different Aikido communities. Personally, it seems to me that the common thread is peace, love, and harmony, as was taught by the Founder. I call what I do Aikido because it has the concept of non-violence as the rule for all technniques. A lack of understanding of what Aikido really is, is what is leading to the dissolution of the art. If we who practice Aikido stand on different foundations, than we are no longer living in the same house. Some that I know practice harmony as a way to more effectively smash the attacker. Some think that circular movements are the basis, yet Aikido is not the only art with such. Some think that keeping your center is unique only to Aikido, yet it is not. Some schools focus on important aspects such as irimi, which would make it very different from another school which hold Ki as its foundation.
Having your own style is one thing, but to change the nature of the art, and still call it Aikido is another. We should all ask ourselves what is it that we are doing that makes it Aikido, and not ju-jutsu or karate, boxing, or some other martial art. There are many different color roses, yet they all bare the beauty of the essence of a rose.

Sincerely,

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Old 10-29-2004, 05:39 AM   #13
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Re: common ground

Consideration for others.

There is only one aikido.

There are many ways to achieve it, be open to others heading towards the same goals using a different route.

camels can run across deserts, birds fly across, donkeys have to walk the long way around.

How individuals practice and teach will vary as much as the individuals vary. Doesn't make any of them less valid as long as they get there in the end.

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