Brian Kagen pick: “Aikido as Budo” by Christopher Hein

“When one begins to talk about practicality, application and usefulness in the world of the martial arts we enter onto a slippery slope. People start talking about “street fights” and “what REALLY happens in a fight”. We begin to theorize about reality, instead of living and training in it.

Training in the martial arts is not fighting. No matter how much we want it to be, no matter how much we pretend or don’t pretend it simply isn’t fighting. You can not do or experience the things you would in a life or death struggle in a Dojo. It’s not possible, for many reasons.”

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  1. My most recent fighting lesson involved a pit-bull, a cocker spaniel, and fortunately a rescue by the pit’s owner. Now: how do you bring that scenario onto the mat?

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