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Old 08-10-2002, 11:43 AM   #26
mike lee
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Cool beyond words

Just like in the English language, Chinese characters can have various definitions based on the context. And definitions can also change over time.

Often, in poetic literature, even many native Chinese or Japanese cannot understand the meaning of certain characters. Therefore, an insistance on a precise meaning for certain characters in Chinese or Japanese, let alone English translations, can sometimes prove futile.

Take for example. Many Chinese and Japanese can't explain it very well in their own language, let alone in English. But they all seem to know exactly what it is.

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Old 08-11-2002, 12:05 AM   #27
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The purpose of Aikido is not to learn how to fight. In these modern times of sophisticated weaponry etc, Budo or martial arts is really irrelevant in the big scheme of things.

I have studied the art of war as a professional soldier for about 20 years now. The United States in particular has mastered in many ways the art of war. We as a nation and as people know how to fight we do it everyday. Aikido offers very little in learning true, effective modern day fighting skills. So why study it?

For the mugging that may happen once in your life time? To defend yourself in a bar fight? you are better off trying to avoid those situations than studying for a life time of all the "what if" senarios you can dream up!

What we need to do, is to learn the art of peace.

Aikido is a method for teaching us how to channel our emotions, and agressions in a way to find new ways to deal with war/conflict.

Learning to cultivate your feelings, emotions and learning to resolve conflict at the lowest possible level is what this is all about.

The military is now starting to study these principles. We are no fighting low intensity conflict (LIC) and operations other than war that requires us to become interdependent on others and resolve conflict peacefully.

This is why people like Dr. Richard Heckler, an aikido practioner, are becoming more and more in high demand in the military.

If you are coming to aikido for any other purpose, I think you will be sorely disappointed in the long run!

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Old 08-11-2002, 03:12 AM   #28
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The military is now starting to study these principles. We are no fighting low intensity conflict (LIC) and operations other than war that requires us to become interdependent on others and resolve conflict peacefully.
MMMMMM.... US? Peaceful? I know that the military has invaded a lot of countries since it became a Nation.

Maybe you should go to www.zmag.org and read a little bit of what the people that write there have to say.
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Old 08-11-2002, 08:16 AM   #29
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I never said the U.S. was peaceful. Only that the military is trying to incorporate resolving conflict at the lowest level and adopt the principles typically associated with aikido.

We as a country still have a long way to get there.

As aikidoka, we have a means of helping people realize the potential for alternate solutions. Albiet it is slow doing it one person at a time!

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Old 08-11-2002, 08:24 AM   #30
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Good response, Kevin.
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As aikidoka, we have a means of helping people realize the potential for alternate solutions. Albiet it is slow doing it one person at a time!
Very true, but changing the landscape begins with a single flower, as Mr. Spock said.

Dave

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