Recommended reading: “Interview with Frank Doran” by Stanley Pranin

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… {W]hen somebody asks me about aikido and whether they should study the art, I really try to direct him to view the other martial arts also because I think that when they see the art that is suitable for them they’ll know. I don’t think it’s a matter of the teacher selling the art. I constantly use the analogy of music. Not everyone digs the clarinet and it’s not right for everybody. It just happens to be right for me. So, in answering why it’s right for me, first, I explored some of the other martial arts. So I had a kind of a feeling for doing that and the thing for me so different about aikido was the fact that it has such a value for you in your everyday life.

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  1. I clearly recall Frank suggesting that I explore other training options. Self preservation suggested I listen to his suggestion.

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