Does Aikido make me a warrior?
It instills in one a warrior spirit if correct instruction is
available. Why are some of us that were hard line warriors, ex-SEALs,
marines, special forces, air-borne rangers, and the like (I know at
least one from each of these groups, myself included, that are Aikido
teachers) in Aikido? To become better killers -- I don't think so.
Perhaps it is to become better people. Damn -- how quiant that would
There are many of us that know how to go to war and survive; some of
have! There are many who talk a good game but have had no need of an
art like Aikido to redirect that incountry attitude. Some folks need
arts like Aikido to redirect their lives in a productive way.
If I went back to war, would it be as an Aikidoka? No!
But when I came back to the real world, it would be the first place I
would run to. With God's grace, it would be there for me and for the
benefit of those who need to learn the way (do) to live in society
again, to redirect the war technique (jutsu) into a useful tool. I
would beat my sword into a plowshare. But believe me, I know how to
beat it back into that other form when needed.
I read a lot on this list (Aikido-L) from those who talk the talk, and
very little from those who walked the walk. "Is boxing a martial art?
Is UFC a martial art?" No! They are events designed to provide some
folks with enough gore to satisfy their brutal lust. But I see no
ears riped off, no eyes gouged out, no checks ripped open from the lip
to ear, wind pipes crushed, or a hundred outher nasties some people
will do to save their lives.
Do we make a distinction between "do" and "jutsu?" You're goddamn
right we do, and from some of the people I know from the old days,
society should be happy we do.
I once watched as a jujutsu man came into a dojo where a Japanese
shihan was teaching. He ask to work out with the class and had a real
attitude. The sensei was teaching a civilized art Aikido. The man was
asked to uke, half way through the attack he changed and the challenge
was made -- he knocked the sensei down. The sensei changed too and we
carried the man off the mat and he was hospitalized. Don't ask me who
-- if you were there you know.
I only bring this up to show that things are never as black and white
as we would like them to be.
A Little Dose of Reality from Doctor Dennis (The Happy but Poor) Hooker