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    It is true and not true at the same time.

    It is true and not true at the same time.
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    James Bedwell teaches the Fugakukai style of...

    James Bedwell teaches the Fugakukai style of Tomiki-based aikido in or around Kennedale. PM me for contact info.
  3. Like Phil, I haven't bothered to read most of the...

    Like Phil, I haven't bothered to read most of the replies here, or his whole article for that matter. I do want to quibble one gem:



    In my experience, the bowing and scraping is a peculiarly...
  4. I don't think that is a dichotomy. One can...

    I don't think that is a dichotomy. One can certainly use the former to accomplish the latter.
  5. Absolutely. Most people in a fight want to...

    Absolutely. Most people in a fight want to impact, not coordinate. If both of you are coordinating, it goes on until someone makes a mistake (mental or physical).
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    Using a geneology chart for iaido lineages would...

    Using a geneology chart for iaido lineages would only work if it was designed for Arkansas families.
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    That's why I read e-Budo....

    That's why I read e-Budo....
  8. We are defining "soft" as "coordinating with our...

    We are defining "soft" as "coordinating with our attacker" which is a very good definition. It means (a) we don't resist uke's force, although we might vector, lead or otherwise influence it, and...
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    I like Ipponme Mae-Giri from ZNIR Toho. It's...

    I like Ipponme Mae-Giri from ZNIR Toho. It's just like MJER Mae, except you kiai on the final cut, don't scoot forward, do yoko chiburi, and step back after noto. It's really embarrassing when...
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    Urban legend?

    Aaron, I'd be interested if you hear back from the guy. If it's a real guy...
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    Whacked out bureaucracy

    http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=cjaq33%2423t%241%40spock.usc.edu
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    Thank you kindly!

    Thank you kindly!
  13. Thread: Kashima shinryu

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    What I am referring to as nebulous are the...

    What I am referring to as nebulous are the curricula and teaching methods. As you say, these differ greatly depending on the style and instructor. There is a vast array of varieties of Aikido, even...
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    Thank you. Anyone know what their mat schedule...

    Thank you. Anyone know what their mat schedule is for Tuesdays?
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    Visiting Kodokan

    A friend of mine will be visiting the Kodokan in a few weeks. He has a free day in Tokyo and would like to get in a workout. Is there any advice about whether it is possible, how to set this up,...
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    Aikido is so nebulous that it is almost as if one...

    Aikido is so nebulous that it is almost as if one is referring to "enhancing one's own personal budo", which is what your senior practitioner does, while independently maintaining his primary art. ...
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    You could do well to investigate Tomiki sensei's...

    You could do well to investigate Tomiki sensei's atemi system for Aikido. It is important for your movements to be integrated into the rhythm and automatic response system you are trying to develop...
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    Re: Yagu ryu and Musashi

    In Jodo, the tradition is that Musashi's only defeat was at the hands of Muso Gonnosuke. The story says Musashi defeated Gonnosuke in a duel and spared his life, and Muso later returned the favour. ...
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    Well, this is more of a review than an...

    Well, this is more of a review than an announcement... and I never look at the Announcements forum...
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    So this pious old Jewish man passes away, and...

    So this pious old Jewish man passes away, and goes to judgment before the Almighty. God welcomes him into heaven, but the old man protests: "God, I'm not worthy of entering heaven. I should not be...
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  22. Poll: I haven't read through this thread, so this may...

    I haven't read through this thread, so this may have been covered, but Yes, spot on. Guests are respected according to their rank and skill (unless they prove otherwise). Rank in another style may...
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    I've known ukes that were 6'7. I've thrown ukes...

    I've known ukes that were 6'7. I've thrown ukes that were 6'7. Ukes that were 6'7 were friends of mine. And Jimmy... you're no 6'7.

    OTOH, any comments about you having 7" on me will be...
  24. Thread: Kiai in iaido?

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    Well, it was recently changed to...

    Well, it was recently changed to "Eki-Eki-Eki-Eki-Batang-ZUU-Boing", but us old-timers still say "NEE-wom".

    On the other hand, let's not go to Camelot. It is a silly place.
  25. Thread: iaido sword

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    A big mistake beginners make is swinging too hard...

    A big mistake beginners make is swinging too hard and fast. This is especially bad with a tip-heavy sword. First be accurate, then add speed, then power. Remember what Miyamoto Musashi said, "the...
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