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Coleman Ridge

Agreed. The only way anyone ever got better at anything is through practice. Practice of what though?

Aikido starts with jujitsu tricks, and adapts them into methods for putting attackers under control in ways that are best for the attacker. Everything starts with the existence of those adapted tricks, those techniques. No techniques, and you can have the biggest hara, the most ki, and the best intentions in the world, and you are still going to be knocking people around, not doing aikido.

It seems to me that there are rhetorical, argumentative, and political tricks that could be adapted as the jujitsu tricks were, and then practiced.

Jeff Dooley

I agree that new moves are invented and produced through practice, and that what would help would be to develop practices that embody adapted tricks, as you put it, in the world of everyday life, speaking and listening.

There are ethical questions about how to use spoken techniques, or formulas, in conversation and not be manipulative in a way that robs the other of dignity. Somehow staying connected with the other in a mood of respect for what the other cares about might be a part of the practice to help avoid that trap.

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Aikido Quotes

  • O-Sensei: My students think I don't lose my center. That is not so; I simply recognize it sooner and get back faster.

  • Morihiro Saito Sensei: Aikido is generally believed to represent circular movements. Contrary to such belief, however, Aikido, in its true KI form, is a fierce art piercing straight through the center of opposition.

  • Furuya Sensei on Swordsmanship: Letting go of the idea of “sword” and the idea of “action” is the meaning behind “willow in the gentle breeze.” When the slight summer breeze blows, does the willow follow the “nature of the willow,” or does it follow the “nature of the breeze?” Please think about this - in this lies the essence of sword technique.