Tuesday, November 01, 2005

And Nishio...

Aikido is a "budo," a "martial way," and therefore inextricably rooted in "jujutsu" or "martial technique." Yet when I look at the aikido world today,
I see very little "budo-ness" being expressed in technique, and I wonder if people haven't begun to forget these important roots.
While people often say things like, "Aikido is sword technique..." and "throws and pins are actually strikes....," there is rarely any explanation of such ideas.
There are even some who claim that aikido has no need for things like striking and weapons techniques. In many settings
these days, aikido is becoming little more than a kind of health exercise pursued by the elderly and women and children.
- Shoji Nishio, 8th dan Aikikai
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