2/02/2006 10:25am, #281Originally Posted by garbanzo
That they are affiliated with Shibata of the USAF tells me more about the basis of their training. I've seen Shibata and how he teaches. Of the various USAF shihan, he's one of the harder stylists.
I don't know about you, but if I am attacked I am going to try initiate attacks, win the fight and defeat the opponenets.
This Aikikai is not alone in their devotion to the "old crazy Ueshba" as opposed to the young, ass-whooping one.
In this specific case, you're making an assumption about a club, based on a web page, one that may not be supported in real life (of course, that's base on my assumption, informed by time with the USAF).
Again, all of the Aikido that I have seen procedes along these lines.
For myself, I have no regrets for the time I spent training with an Aikikai/USAF/MAF affiliate dojo - mainly because I've surprised myself, pulling something "aikido"-like off during judo randori, even shiai.
2/02/2006 10:51am, #282Originally Posted by dakotajudo
I don't claim that my experience represents all of Aikido, but every school that I
have ever visited, ever student I have met personally, and every demo that I have seen have embodied the spirit of the lame-ass Ueshiba quotation I've sited.
My admittedly limited experience may not amount to a hill of snot to someone who trains Aikido in an effective way, but it means something to me.
I've heard about Aikido that isn't lame, but I've never seen it. That's why I modified my statement several posts back.The vast Universe!
The Way of Aiki to to become
The light of all mankind
Opening all the world
2/02/2006 11:11am, #283