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Old 01-24-2011, 12:12 PM   #126
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I have said that many times, not because I think aikido doesn't work, but because there are much more efficient ways of learning self-defense. If your only goal is self-defense, then you're better off going to a krav maga gym, where cultivating a state of mind and preserving a tradition are lower priorities than self-defense. As aikidoka, we choose to make self-defense skills only one priority among many.
Well said and I agree. It is just that some Aikidoka don't even have self-defence on the list as a priority, like training is just pottery class or something.
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Old 01-24-2011, 03:24 PM   #127
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Well said and I agree. It is just that some Aikidoka don't even have self-defence on the list as a priority, like training is just pottery class or something.
I have seen the same, and while I'm sure there are some benefits of this, I think it robs aikido of much of its spiritual power.

In general, most of the greatest spiritual benefits of the martial arts come from the opportunity to face our own fear, pain, and insecurity. If we train our aikido as a dance, we deny ourselves this opportunity.

Aikido in particular is supposed to be a microcosm of the way we live our lives. If we are not training our aiki movements as a means of resolving conflict, I think our aiki spirit will be similarly deficient.
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