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Old 03-13-2004, 09:46 PM   #1
Rich Stephens
Location: California
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 28
Aikido in the bad news

There was some sort of family massacre in Fresno, CA today, in which a guy called Marcus Wesson killed 9 family members. Apparently he was involved in polygamy and incest, fathering two of the victims with his own daughters. Details are sketchy in the news still.

But it appears the guy was into Aikido and required his male children to reach shodan in order to leave home when they reached manhood, according to Florian Tan, the sensei at the dojo the boys had attended.

Bizarre and tragic.
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Old 03-13-2004, 10:11 PM   #2
Dave Himrich
Dojo: Shadow Mountain Dojo
Location: Oklahoma
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 3
I just read that in the news story, and it made me flinch a little.
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Old 03-14-2004, 12:06 AM   #3
Jeff Tibbetts
Dojo: Cedar River Aikikai
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 142
Wow. That's messed up. I can't think of anything else to say about that right now. Anybody know this guy?

If the Nightingale doesn't sing-
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Old 03-16-2004, 02:18 AM   #4
Mark Uttech
Dojo: Yoshin-ji Aikido of Marshall
Location: Wisconsin
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 1,224
Aikido, like anything else, has a dark side too. Perhaps it is good to be aware of it, to keep the balance true. Each aikido practioner should consider himself/herself a missionary, an educator. This is basic buddhism, and also basic common sense. It helps to keep this in mind with all things.

- Right combination works wonders -
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Old 03-16-2004, 02:56 AM   #5
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Dojo: Ki no Kenyukai/Jakarta
Location: Indonesia
Join Date: Sep 2001
Posts: 60
mm, i don't think the focus should be on aikido. The man was obviously mad, and coincidentally he does aikido.

Unless if he went mad because of his aikido training.

Imho Viggo Mortensen should've played Last Samurai!
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Old 03-16-2004, 10:14 AM   #6
Dojo: Shuurin Dojo - Omaha, Nebarska
Location: Omaha
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 157
What! Where did you hear/read this?

I read a story a while back about a thing (I won't call it a man, woman, sensei) who had a sleep over at his dojo for kids and molested a few of them. This was somewhere in Europe back in like 1993.

Men of any study or faith can do horrible things. Blame the men, not the faith.

Victims, aren't we all.
-- Eric Draven
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Old 03-16-2004, 10:27 AM   #7
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Dojo: Sunyata
Location: Oslo
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 114
Story was featured in our (norwegian) newspapers yesterday. The Aikido link was not mentioned. I am wondering though, whether the senseis at his club must have noticed that something was very odd about this character...?

Ma'a el Salaam,

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Old 03-16-2004, 10:56 AM   #8
Dojo: Aiki Kenkyukai
Location: Indonesia
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 176

The road is long...
The path is steep...
So hire a guide to show you the shortcuts
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Old 03-16-2004, 12:37 PM   #9
Dojo: Aikido of Cincinnati/Huron Valley Aikikai
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Old 03-16-2004, 02:56 PM   #10
Location: Bay Area
Join Date: Jun 2000
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I came across this yesterday but hesitated in regards to posting it. The guy was clearly a nut and decided, for whatever reason, that his kids should take aikido. To me, aikido is kind of incidental unless some of those murdered were aikido students. I mean, the guy could have fixated on aikido for any of a thousand different reasons. As near as I can tell from the article this guy was not an aikido practitioner and the only quirky thing was that he wouldn't let his kids attend seminars.

Florian, the couple of times I've met him, always seemed like a pretty decent guy and if I read him correctly he's definitely into the spiritual side of the art.
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Old 03-16-2004, 03:25 PM   #11
William Boyd
Dojo: Aikido of Reno
Location: Reno, NV
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 26
The story has been in the news but this is the first I've heard about a Aikido connection. But like any other thing we humans create Aikido can be used for good or evil.
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