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Old 08-23-2017, 08:53 AM   #51
Location: Düsseldorf
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Maciej Jesmanowicz wrote: View Post
Let's start from the beginning. If a child visits your dojo and you ask what he sees here, what do you think he will answer? "One person attacks another who defends himself against this", right? Will not say "They dance with each other".
If it Looks like dancing, they will.
Children don't think in categories like "self defense" or something like that. If they don't know about fighting or violence, they see just two people doing something strange.
I train in a dojo with windows to the street, and often children watch the training with wide eyes and ask mom or dad what they are doing inside. Most parents say, they are doing sports or something like that, but the children have no idea.
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Old 08-23-2017, 08:58 AM   #52
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Re: "Is Aikido A Martial Art?" - Roy Dean, Lenny Sly, Vince Salvatore, Corky Quakenbush

The first time I saw aikido I was not a child but I had no idea what it was. I had never heard of it.

I saw beauty and power and felt peacefulness.

I was attracted to it. I had no idea how much I needed it.

Ron called me over and showed me how to do unbend-able arm and I was mesmerized that I could have such strength while being relaxed.

Even though I had been an athlete my whole life I felt no ability to be strong or to defend myself.

Through my training in this art that I had never seen I have met myself. I can look at my weaknesses and my strengths. I can make choices about my safety: immediate and long term.

Aikido is about self- defense. And so much more..beauty, grace, understanding, connection, peacefulness.

Trying to limit the definition of aikido is like trying shove the sky into a soda bottle...impossible and unnecessary.

Yes, aikido is a martial art and so much more.....

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