“You may never need to use Aikido in a practical and physical way in your life, and perhaps you already have. You may have gone into the art on a whim, as I did, or may have begun training because of some event in which you were victimized, and vowed to never become a victim again. I can’t speak for all, but I can speak from my own experience, and will attempt to do so in this essay.
Turn on the news, read a paper or watch a movie, and you are likely to get the impression that the world is a very dangerous place. The media industry consistently presents its consumers with the worst possible news, and drives that home with repetition of the images that accompany news reports in this age of ubiquitous video and cell phone cameras. Film and television entertainment often dwell on violence perpetrated and violent response, often after implying that attempts to resolve conflict peacefully are futile and counter-productive.”
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