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Old 11-17-2008, 09:50 PM   #26
jennifer paige smith
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Re: Aggressive Children

Joe McParland wrote: View Post
<-- You're question stunned me for a bit! I like that

I might restate what you offered: Remaining within our practice, experiencing ourselves this way, we are free to act.

Consider a hypothetical situation: It's late at night and the neighbors are noisy. I shout out, "Keep it down!"

Did I commit an error in acting as I did---meaning, more specifically, did I act outside of my aikido practice to respond that way?

From one perspective, one could easily speculate that I saw that my neighbors had a problem and I made it my business to act to fix them, all without perfect knowledge; but, is that what actually happened?

It's a tricky matter that has my interest... And it's one reason I'm pestering Mark for more details---he's his own best witness to his own state of mind.
Well, it's up to you to discern what is correct for you.

Jennifer Paige Smith
Confluence Aikido Systems
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Old 12-01-2008, 04:00 PM   #27
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Re: Aggressive Children

I always looked at it from the perspective that i'd rather get hit whilst training, in order not to make the same mistake in a real situation. If your with a violent student who is a child the best thing to do is to have a quick chat with them when they are getting 'aggresive' If however it is an adult then the best thing to do is to let them know who is in control. It doesn't have to be aikido :P
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