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Old 07-21-2012, 06:13 PM   #26
Benjamin Green
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 43
Re: Why do we do it?

You've got to be very careful here about creating a general defence. Something you could say of any art, or indeed any activity, no matter how ineffective and flawed the body movements it taught were. There are more and less efficient ways to do things and if you create a general defence you lose the ability to distinguish between them.

It would seem a reasonable question for the karateka to ask something along the lines of, "If your practice doesn't seem to be making you any better at defending yourself in the sort of timescales I can observe, then why do you do this and not something that promises better results in a shorter time?"

Personally, I feel that embodies more precisely the underlying theme of their question.
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:53 PM   #27
Dojo: Charlotte Aikikai Agatsu Dojo
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 1,943
Re: Why do we do it?

Dave Gallagher wrote: View Post

If you were asked this question how would you answer it?
depends on my mood, the answer might vary. here some samples.

- aikido was designed to deal with ninja. "what ninja?" you asked. EXACTLY!

- aikido is for cross dressing folks. when taking aikido, there might be side effects such as hair loss, nauseate, spontaneously doing rolls for no reason, talking about spiritual mumbo jumbo, paying for beating without complain. pregnant women should avoid taking aikido unless approve by their doctor's doctor and should not come into contact with aikido folks. you should not take aikido if you are also taking MMA, UFC, laxative, and/or viagra.

- you have not taken aikido; thus you know not what you know not know not know not not know not not....ehh not...........hmmmm.....not


- aikido is the way to enlightenment through budo which sometimes hard to understand or find the right answer similar to when your lady asks you whether her dress makes her look fat.

- aikido allows you build up and release ki in a muffled way through the big skirt

- don't hate us aikido folks because we are unattractive, obsessive compulsive, passive aggressive, and generally a bunch of party animals (well at least some of us)

- don't hate aikido because of our representative, he whose ego is larger than himself, he who laid waste to the once beautiful Kelly LeBrock, and he who had shown Silva the way

- aikido shown us the way to love our ki even if other folks hate it and keep some distance especially after some beans and coleslaw

- we do it because it hurts so good

- we do it because we like to enter deeply then expressing our love of ki

you know this could be a whole new thread

"budo is putting on cold, wet, sweat stained gi with a smile and a snarl" - your truly
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Old 07-21-2012, 11:11 PM   #28
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Location: Orlando, FL
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 1,502
Re: Why do we do it?

Painting doesn't work in a fight, but I do that, too...
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:16 AM   #29
lars beyer
Dojo: Copenhagen Aikishuren Dojo
Location: Denmark
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 280
Re: Why do we do it?

First Iīll apologize for maybe taking the question too lightly.. maybe itīs due to the good cup of coffee I am enjoying in the early morning sun..

If I were to be in a life / death situation I would probably be to blame for that myself..
So if someone was trying to mow me down with a bulldozer I would not try to apply tainohenko..
But I would try to get out of the way..
Likewise if I were to find myself in the middle of the octagon being mowed down by some young athlete I would ask myself what I did in the first place to end up in such a silly situation.. and then I would start looking for my baseballbat. The old saying: "Donīt bring a knife to a gunfight" is still valid, so consequently noone in their right mind would do that.. I donīt know.. some people get a kick out of beating eachother up, some get a kick out of rumba and knitting..
Some people dedicate their entire existence to practise weapons skills 400 years old, others buys a few smallcaliber weapons and practise with those.
Some bastards kills their fellow countrymen for a few minutes of fame or some other obscure perverse irrational reason and spend the rest of their lives in prison.

For me beauty is key in doing aikido.

The world is a violent place, but also quite beautifull and I happen to believe that beauty is superior to violence, at least from a humanitarian perspective.. And martial effectiveness only goes as far as to define winners and loosers, killers and their victims.. it has got nothing to do with beauty in itself- for me that is.
But.. offcourse itīs all part of living in this world and we all have to choose what we feel is right or wrong according to our own beliefs I guess. So itīs also a question of moral..?
Itīs a bit confusing I feel, but I feel in aikido all the above sort of falls into place and begin to make sence on some levels.. and Iīm still learning.

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