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    One interesting aspect is that they simply engage...

    One interesting aspect is that they simply engage from their last position - and do not go back to their original positions (i.e., squared off on the original baseline).

    And more stabbing...
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    Nice article, thanks. LGatling

    Nice article, thanks.
    LGatling
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    No, very cool! Hiden magazine had an annual dojo...

    No, very cool! Hiden magazine had an annual dojo list for years, but stopped updating it long ago. Some of it is online. I have lots of pointless ideas but people like Mr. Krueger have the smarts...
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    I have never read that double leg takedowns were...

    I have never read that double leg takedowns were inspired by Western wrestling. Kano shihan did write about one strong gent who was really giving him trouble in randori. He read a book on Western...
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    I read an SF novel (but cannot remember the...

    I read an SF novel (but cannot remember the title) decades ago about a massive spaceship flying nowhere for hundreds of years; the crew had broken into warring factions and isolated loners. There...
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    _thanks, I was able to get the Kogakuin link....

    _thanks, I was able to get the Kogakuin link. LGatling
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    'It is difficult to read the main Shinto text in...

    'It is difficult to read the main Shinto text in Japanese...' Indeed. One of the great understatements on this forum. Thanks for the great post but I can't get the links to work. Have they...
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    This is a new history, supposed to be good. ...

    This is a new history, supposed to be good.
    http://as.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1405155159.html
    but it's US$100

    There are tons of websites that explore Shinto. Any free, old...
  9. I for one contributed a couple of serious, well...

    I for one contributed a couple of serious, well documented posts to this thread and would like to see them restored immediately. Cull what you will of what is inappropriate but at least restore what...
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    I'm perhaps a bit up on swords than Prof...

    I'm perhaps a bit up on swords than Prof Goldsbury - I know next to nothing about them.

    But that looks like a mass produced oil quenched issue blade, very badly treated. If so it's not worth much...
  11. Good food for thought. A couple of areas with...

    Good food for thought. A couple of areas with which I could quibble (an old English terming meaning 'pole vaulting over mouse turds') but good.

    Classic judo practice did involve a lot of that...
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    Aiki is movement

    Cady Goldfield wrote:
    "Lance,

    A few thoughts, FWIW...
    Sometimes "a cigar is just a cigar," and the "pull-when-pushed..." might just be what it is. But, by accounts Tokimune was taught aiki by...
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    Earliest English definition of aiki?

    What if the original meaning was not much more than that push / pull?

    I give you the words regarding aiki from one of Ueshiba Morihei sensei's earliest and most accomplished students, Tomiki...
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    The Four Books and the Five (or Six...) Classics

    That's a pretty tall order. Here's a primer:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Books_and_Five_Classics
    Note that there was a sixth classic, the Music Classic, lost forever, but mentioned in many...
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    Yes, these concepts are ubiquitous. They do not...

    Yes, these concepts are ubiquitous. They do not originate in the martial arts, but rather in the 四書五経 the Four Books and Five Classics of Confucianism and their hundreds of later commentaries. ...
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    Mark, This may be off topic, but the Heaven /...

    Mark,

    This may be off topic, but the Heaven / Earth, Heaven/Earth/Man etc idioms are primarily philosophic, not martial arts-related (some academics claim they are equal to a religion, but that...
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    I think that would be a very worthwhile exercise,...

    I think that would be a very worthwhile exercise, a real contribution. I'm not aware of a common vocabulary, and apparently I'm really missing something, as Mr. Harden claims to teach 'aiki' which...
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    The Prisoner

    I thought it funny that Cady used the Prisoner - that episode, the final of 5 seasons of obscure references and surreal situations, sort summed up how I feel reading some endless verbal slugfest...
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    I thought anyone could see the latter question...

    I thought anyone could see the latter question was a joke. Perhaps more smiley faces are in order. Since I can't edit it, here's a couple to make it up. :):):)

    The base question was serious -...
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    Ancient wisdom....

    ".... the soft is not floppy..." Indeed.

    Yes, these insights have been around for centuries. In fact, a couple of thousand years ago, Ezekiel in the Old Testament may have been the original...
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    in a word, yes

    Mr. Reyer is of course translating and augmenting the words of my friend and colleague Professor Shishida, who is currently on a sabbatical looking into the thoughts of Kano shihan, including, I...
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    The point is not that words change over time,...

    The point is not that words change over time, which is self evident, but that the very concept of aiki, the topic of this thread, has changed dramatically over time.

    My thesis is that what I...
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    I'd edit an early post but can't on this forum. ...

    I'd edit an early post but can't on this forum.

    I incorrectly wrote that PAG wrote of the history of aiki in his 'Transmission...' column in AikiWeb, but it was Mr. Josh Reyer, quoted below.
    ...
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    No clue as to the relevancy of this point. ...

    No clue as to the relevancy of this point. Harrison's work has been well known to judoka for many years. Noticing something does not conclude anything regarding its veracity. Harrison's works have...
  25. The swords themselves are all licensed (by the...

    The swords themselves are all licensed (by the Cultural Affairs Agency? of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)) so there's certainly a central registry.

    Knowing...
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