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Coleman Ridge

What begins to wear out one's credulity is when goes from an aikido to a jujitsu class, or from a judo to a karate class, and both teachers are talking about connecting down the center line, or getting off-line, or whatever the theme of the month turns out to be. I sometimes think that there is a secret sensei radio station that they all get their orders over.


Hmmm...now that you mention it, the tlvewe-to-twenty punches does seem like a type of hazing. Oh, and I forgot to mention that this test is costing us $650, so we're actually paying top-dollar for the poor guy to get "hazed." Can you believe that? I have to seriously try to NOT choke on my own spit as I type that number down. Or cry. Lol


Several weeks back, on another forum, sooenme had the nerve to post a photograph of his gun collection of pistols and rifles. It was inspiring because the news media (which is beginning to change) usually tries to stigmatize these types of Americans. If more people post their photos of their guns then more Americans will learn to accept them and not accept lies and deceptions about the positive benefits of gun ownership. I live in a state where firearms are banned in many municipalities because they are banned in the states's largest city. In my state we live under dictatorship; it's a dictatorship because politicians use gun control (the lies that accompany it) to get votes, and to control opposition that might use the threat of force. But what's missing is an armed citizenry and the remote possibility of force (the deterent) or even harm against politicians that go too far. Never trust anti-gun politicians for two important reasons: because guns allow citizens to protect themselves from (one) street criminals and maniacs, and (two) oppressive anti-gun politicians that want to control every facet of our lives.

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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.