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Old 08-14-2009, 03:39 PM   #26
K. Abrams
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Re: doubts

Maybe you'd be happier with yoga, instead of something that has its basis in martial arts and self-defense. That part of aikido is always there and never goes away, but my feeling is that thet more skilled you are in a martial art, the less you feel you need to use it.

If you can't stand the thought of "controlling" anyone, I doubt you'd be happy in aikido or any martial art as long as you think of them as being controlling. Why not focus on aikido as a way of improving your SELF for self's sake. I never thought of aikido as controlling someone else, but in controlling myself!

In that respect, at its end aikido lets you become a more peaceful person as you build confidence in yourself, so you can spend more time just having fun with the aesthetic aspects of the art and less time or no time thinking about the martial.
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Old 08-14-2009, 04:30 PM   #27
Dojo: Charlotte Aikikai Agatsu Dojo
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Re: doubts

somewhere sometimes in your life where, most if not everyone, will hit that existential wall and start asking questions like,

what am i doing?
why am i here?
why am i doing that?
what's the point of that?
who am i?
what do i want in life?
is my aikido suck or what?
do i want fries with that?
why in the hell did i order double espresso non-fat no-whip with nutmeg?

when you reach that point, you just have to ask someone to kick you in the nuts to restart your existential process or lack thereof.

thank god i stay away from that existential wall like the plague, because i don't like the restart process.
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Old 08-14-2009, 04:41 PM   #28
K. Abrams
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Re: doubts

Are you a professional stand-up comic, Phi?
You are very funny.
But you made a very good point, too.
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Old 08-14-2009, 08:35 PM   #29
Rob Watson
Location: CA
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 697
Re: doubts

Anonymous User wrote: View Post
SNIP I don't think controlling people "for their own good" is a great goal SNIP
Such control is an illusion. If we are lucky we can learn to control ourselves. It takes two to tango .. what if one decides not to tango - what is the other doing?

Aiki is driven by the proper intent. Aikido with improper intent will always produce dissoluiton. Once so confilcted change the intent and repeat. As the man says "aikido is a means to purify the universe" - that can't be very easy.

Last edited by Rob Watson : 08-14-2009 at 08:36 PM. Reason: typo
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