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Old 07-06-2004, 08:20 PM   #1
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Square , Circle , Triangle

Hi all,

Looking for some info on the significance of these symbols and what they mean to Aikido. Any help would be great.

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Old 07-06-2004, 10:40 PM   #2
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Re: Square , Circle , Triangle

Circle - tenkan / evasion
Square - solid posture
Tiangle - Irimi / Entering
Once I heard my sensei mention it, but I never really paid much attention, so I am just recalling from the back of my brain, I may be wrong.

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Old 07-06-2004, 11:30 PM   #3
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Re: Square , Circle , Triangle

hehe i rememeber this being asked as a question on one of the blackbelt tests actually, i think its pretty similar to that but the triangle was mentioned as representing strong forms or something
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Old 07-07-2004, 01:17 AM   #4
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Re: Square , Circle , Triangle

Try "The Spiritual Foundations of Aikido" by William Gleason, or "The Essence of Aikido" by John Stevens, they both have some writings.



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Old 07-07-2004, 08:47 AM   #5
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Re: Square , Circle , Triangle

I believe Terry Dobson's book discussed the concepts quite a bit.
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Old 07-07-2004, 09:10 AM   #6
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Re: Square , Circle , Triangle

This is my understanding of the square, circle, and triangle.
The square is your foundation, or mother earth.It represents the basics.
The circle has no beginning no end and represents the endless possiblities Aikido offers as well as flowing movement.
The triangle, being the most stable represents spirituality. Piercing into infinity.

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Old 07-07-2004, 10:43 AM   #7
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Re: Square , Circle , Triangle

Hi folks,

Just a quick pointer to something that's a bit "hidden" here on the Forums. At the bottom of this thread, you'll see a small list of "Similar Threads" which automagically lists threads which are similar to this one. There's a discussion from a couple of years back entitled, "circle, square, triangle?" down there which seems to include some good posts on this subject...

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Old 07-07-2004, 08:52 PM   #8
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Re: Square , Circle , Triangle

They COULD also represent all humanity: The square representing Asia as in origami, the circle represents Europe as in European artistic infatuations and the triangle representing Africa as in the pyramid.
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Old 07-08-2004, 10:27 AM   #9
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Re: Square , Circle , Triangle

My sensei explains this in a very practical way:

Triangle: Your hanmi/ starting posture/ stance
Circle: The movement of your technique
Square: You solid grounded stance at the end of your throw.

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