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Old 06-03-2001, 09:30 AM   #1
Dojo: Aikido Downtown
Location: Rhode Island
Join Date: Feb 2001
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Politics in aikid

currently I am writing a paper on the politics of aikido for school and i was wondering if any one could offer their views on this subject. Just so you know you may be used as a sorce for this paper so inform me if you dont wish your name to be mentioned. Politics in this sense means "my aikido is better than your aikido" and why there a hard feelings between instructors at schools in the same area's.
Thanks in advanced for your contributions
Dan Hulley
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Old 06-05-2001, 11:59 AM   #2
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Re: Politics in aikid

I edited this puppy and realized I shouldn't post here until the caffiene kicks in and then I shouldn't post once too much has kicked in.

Originally posted by Dajo251
Politics in this sense means "my aikido is better than your aikido"
The politically correct answer is that it's all Aikido and it's all good. It will be a rare individual who would comment on another style negatively in a public forum and like most other's I won't be that individual either, at least not today. However, the day is young in my neck of the woods.

So my answer is that it's all aikido and it's all good.

It's also the hypocrite's answer, at least most of the time, and certainly in my case. I've also seen, say at least one other person , give that answer in public and then in private give a much different answer. If you think about it for a second, isn't it natural for the harder style folks to look askance at the softer styles and vice versa? Of course it is. Each has chosen a practice and must have seen value in that practice.

I have opinions on the different styles that I've been exposed to or seen. I definitely think that the version of Aikido which I spend the majority of my time with is the best, at least for my purposes.

I'm betting everyone pretty much feels that way.

and why there a hard feelings between instructors at schools in the same area's.
Thanks in advanced for your contributions
To paraphrase Henry Kissenger in talking about why political infighting is so brutal in schools

"because there is so little at stake."

Last edited by Erik : 06-05-2001 at 05:05 PM.
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