Saturday, October 15, 2011

When is Aikido not Aikido?

“When is Aikido Not Aikido?,” by David Lynch

by David Lynch
Aikido Journal #120
Arguments about the “martial effectiveness” of aikido are a popular feature of Internet bulletin boards. Unfortunately, many posts show an abysmal ignorance of the premises on which the art was founded by making comparisons with various systems of fighting.
Aikido is not a system of fighting, but a way of not fighting, intended not to protect or enhance the ego but, potentially, to eradicate it. Its value lies in promoting qualities diametrically opposed to those advocated for use “in the street.”  Read More..............