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  1. MartialIntent

    At what point do you quit and accept defeat?

    Plainly good advice already - I'd say you suggest to your friend to think a little more laterally rather than regarding this as a purely black and white issue. By that I mean, rather than relinquishing captaincy of the ship, suggest to them other options which mean they can continue to run their...
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    Aikido and combat effectiveness

    samurai69, thanks for posting this! Agree with this certainly, simply because combat in general terms equates to *fighting* whereas the point of utilising Aikido in a situation of conflict is not to engage in combat but to resolve it though the techniques which are deliberately non-opposing and...
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    What is "Spirituality"? And does in belong in MA?

    Fu_Bag, Thank you once again and I can't disagree with anything you've said. For me, I find it personally disheartening to go visit certain other places of Aikido practice to find a sort of bastardized version of the art being practiced [irrespective of the actual style: Tomiki, Aikikai, Iwama...
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    What is "Spirituality"? And does in belong in MA?

    JeffJ I understand that pov certainly, I'd just add that for Aikido as designed by O'Sensei, it was created of course as an art like any other which could resolve physical conflict however, it was designed in such a way that both parties in any conflict emerged without serious harm. Naturally...
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    What is "Spirituality"? And does in belong in MA?

    Elayna, I think owing to its intangible state, it's difficult to "define" spirituality. I mean, sure we have a hundred semantic ideas from a hundred lexicographers but spirituality is something so peculiar to the individual and so wholly and necessarily subjective that attempting rock solid...
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    A BB's philosophy

    HS, I think your colleague has a point. To an extent. What I mean is, yes an artist who has reached a certain level of proficiency - and I hesitate to use the term BB as I believe there's often little equation of BB to proficiency and an inordinate amount of speedily advanced practitioners that...
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    Bored? Try this.

    Hehe, well done for getting to the end :) Respects!
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    Bored? Try this.

    If your workplace is anything like mine, you've probably seen this. Oh aye the first few are simple but keep going. If you get to the end, then your prize is the satisfaction of knowing you're as phenomenally intelligent as me [er... that ain't so difficult]! LOL :D Have fun...
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    Wait a sec...was this supposed to be a *teaching* moment?

    SL, thanks for posting that up. I guess in whatever endeavor or however diligently we practice, there are always those who know better than us. Though for some unknown reason, when I watched the videos of your would-be critic I kept being subconsciously reminded of this: ***LINK REMOVED***...
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    Yeah? So what is so good bout competition??

    Jenna, Hehe, yeah, in the tournaments I compete at, nothing seems to "fit" either - in fact pretty much everything I care to try doesn't quite "fit" anything bar a good definition of "needs more practise" LOL :) I can't argue with you, and can only echo what Yari has already said and that's...
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    Yeah? So what is so good bout competition??

    Jenna, Me? Disagree with you? Certainly *not* after what I witnessed you and your lot doing last week!! ;) You half wrecked me! I mean certainly my own style Shodokan has those competitive aspects and I'm glad of them, as our competitions have taken me all around. And yes most definitely that...
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    Growth and Perspectives...

    Dark, an interesting post! However, you're truly disparaging about this desire or aspiration you once had, implying it was peurile or lacking in sophistication. Yet without people filling those very roles through history, where exactly would we be? I think it takes courage to be a *genuine*...
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    The Heart of The Art

    Elayna, An interesting conversation! I'd just like to give an opinion on your question above if I may. The problems you outlined, the petty bickering, frustration and anger are wholly negative qualities in anyone let alone martial artists who are supposedly on paths to at least some form of...
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    The Essence of Martial Arts

    Fu Bag, courtesy and polite inquisitiveness are two honorable traits you possess! Don't be worried about getting dangerously ponderous - the world's full of gasbags [I'd not pretend I was anything to the contrary ;)], and it's encouraging that you're doing your bit to pop some "hot air balloons"...
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    The Essence of Martial Arts

    I'd like to elaborate just briefly if I may - I think sometimes we're inclined to contrive all kinds of wonderful notions of ourselves as martial artists spreading peace, knowledge or enlightenment. In reality, these martial arts "essences" are figments; illusions of grandeur. Generally our...
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    Name 2 things....

    Well you must upload some pics, then I'll know where you mean! Yeah, it can be windy here at times on the seafront, that's for sure, but this time of year we get nice warm breezes off the Atlantic. Actually, between you and I, I like frequenting places where there's an abundance of "hot air" ;)...
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    Name 2 things....

    The "cliff moors of ireland"? I've lived in Ireland for 35 years and I never heard of this magickal locale. Are you quite sure you didn't read that in a pamphlet or comic book? Oh sorry, I see now: Cliff Moors is a person ;) j/k! By the way Elayna, are the "ferris wheel at night" and the...
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    The Essence of Martial Arts

    Interesting question! I think there's a very deep truth and essence in martial arts. But for me it's neither a magickal concept nor vision of altruism. Rather, it's a fulfilment of a natural prediliction in us as humans to be dominant over each other. From this stems our desire to fight and...
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    Bar-Brawl Evangelism. Come Join In...

    I'm no art afficianado but I know a little and yeah it's a tired and lame old cliche, but I know what I like. I've been round most of the major galleries here in Britain and on the continent and if pushed I reckon I could make a half-decent attempt at spotting a real Van Gogh from a good...
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    Bar-Brawl Evangelism. Come Join In...

    I'm happy to let my beautiful thread drift into some inane low-mileage discussion regarding who's whacked the most people; whose trunk has seen the most bodybags or whatever, but if I could just take a minute and ask potential readers or posters to relax, find a space where no one's testing how...
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    Bar-Brawl Evangelism. Come Join In...

    Jenna, yep ;) bingo, I can't disagree at this juncture! Respects! I dunno. There's me thinking I created this here thread as a beautifully prosaic piece of literature; a work of art full of blissful intricate subtleties and glistening universal truths; a holy shining-light born-again...
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    Do you believe our souls have lived other lives?

    Lisa, this is interesting. Personally I don't believe I've been around before though I don't entirely support the idea that we're nothing more than lumps of bone and gristle walking around either. Naturally I have no evidence for that, but one thing that always puzzles me - in the same vein as...
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    Got GUILT?

    HS, having never been in this situation I *think* I'd agree. Lemme ask though does this imply - for everyone who claims they'd feel no guilt - that they're heartless and cold, period? What I mean is, imagine you killed someone in an auto accident, would you feel guilty about that? I'd guess...
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    Sacrifice

    Saying that it's about sacrifice is true to a point but I think the implication there is that by *not* making the sacrifice to continue, somehow these people are less committed. While that may be the case, in my experience, life gets in the way and as Carol has said already, it's about...
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    many things...most are importent

    Young sir, Maccy D's is a job, maybe not on the same scale as a NASA testpilot but a job nonetheless. If you really don't like it, don't put up with it, go get yourself something that suits you better - and don't say there ain't nuthin' where you are... there are *always* jobs going if you...
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    And Now For SOmething Completely Different

    All I can say is... You people are weird! *sings quietly to self* Up from the depths: thirty stories high. Breathing fire, his head in the sky: Godzilla! Godzilla! Godzilla! ...And Godzookie. Ahem, I mean, Respects!
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    Strengthening your Ankles

    Interesting! I think that's a great idea considering balance is integral to what we do and moreover, it's generally not *specifically* trained for in our classes. An old sparring partner of mine used to practice all stances perched up on housebricks: first on the long edge and then on the short...
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    Do You Know When to Stop?

    Drac, this is a good clear answer, thanks! Having a specific goal such as restraint in the cuffs definitely gives you the advantage over the rest of us in knowing when to stop. Can I ask if they don't stop resisting do you keep on applying what you're applying? Or do you escalate it up to...
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    Do You Know When to Stop?

    Good points. Sometimes though it might *appear* to be safe for us to leave - particularly in this case where we have gained the upper hand and we're actively *seeking* that means of egress - but what we mistake for dominating the aggressor might just be their cue to start again. I think in these...
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    Do You Know When to Stop?

    Would there be confrontations, when you find yourself having the advantage, that you would stop and quit? Respects!
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