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Article: "Friends and Allies"
Posted 10/21/2009 11:22pm [from Jun Akiyama]

Here is an article entitled "Friends and Allies" which recounts a story of the author's encounters with bullies back in fourth grade. From the article: "Deeply affected by Aikido's philosophy of non-violent self-defense, bolstered by my newly acquired church teachings to "turn the other cheek," I had become militantly pacifistic. So, I refused to fight. If they persisted, I'd use the Aikido techniques I'd learned to defend myself. But only that. They didn’t know what to make of it. Who was this weird kid who refused to fight, ignored their taunting, and acted as if they didn’t exist? It was a challenge, so they upped the ante - and I couldn't keep up."

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