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Recommended reading: “Interview With Minoru Mochizuki (2)” by Stanley Pranin

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The point which Ueshiba Sensei and Kano Sensei had in common was their “Wa no Seishin” or Spirit of Harmony. It meant a mutual development of the self and the other, you and your partner going forward together. In sports, however, the situation is quite different. In sports it is a case of doing your opponent in and coming out on top as the lone winner. This is the spirit of sport and it will never do. Times have changed and now we hear people asking if the U.S.A. is going to win or is it going to be the Soviets? Talking like that is going to bring about the extinction of the human race. The sporting mentality is going to bring the world to an end because it doesn’t contain the spirit self-salvation and the helping others.

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Comments

  1. …of course, in the Cold War the Soviets and the West DID go forward together. DC has become much more like the Kremlin…

  2. Yoseikan Budo is MMA before it’s time…good realistic MMA… and not dojo dancing.

    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Yoseikan&aq=f

  3. Brett Jackson says:

    It’s great when O’Sensei says: ““Your whole thinking is mistaken. Of course, it is wrong to be weak but that is not the whole story. Don’t you realize that it is no longer the age where we can even talk about whether we are winning or losing?” This is where all that talk about winning/losing (aka fighting) is left in the dust. This is where fighting ends and aikido begins. Those who don’t understand this, I hazard to say, have not yet set foot on the warm, bright shores of aikido.

  4. “Don’t you realize that it is no longer the age where we can even talk about whether we are winning or losing?”…Sorry but you are wrong…watch the UFC/MMA on tv plus all spots and it’s all about beating the crap of next guy or team.

  5. Brett Jackson says:

    This is not a UFC/MMA website. It’s an aikido website. Aikido is not about fighting. Not about “beating the crap out of the next guy or team.” That’s not it, not it at all. The clear dawn lies ahead of us not back. Leap through the bright, glowing door of aikido to the open, green pastures on the other side. Relax the mind and spirit to open the door. Short of that, let the mind be quiet and practice aikido until the opening presents itself.

  6. The most powerful occasion was when Morihei Ueshiba after a lifetime of striving to become the bert, indeed did so and following numerous challenges of all kinds, found that he could indeed beat the crap out of anyone anytime.

    His realisation that some time therafter followed, was:
    SO WHAT? THERE’S GOT TO BE MORE TO IT THAN THIS!

    On that day, the germ of Aikido, after 4.6 billion years, finally dawned in one mind on this planet, and like virus began to spread.

    It had existed before, but not in the minds of individuals who could in fact beat the crap out everyone that came their way.

    That virus of awakening to a greater paradigm of consciousness, action, relationship and life navigation can’ not be stopped, not by all the boofheads on this planet, or the next.

    The concussion is foregone.
    Time will be the witness.

  7. The most powerful occasion was when Morihei Ueshiba after a lifetime of striving to become the best fighter of them all, indeed did so and following numerous challenges of all kinds, found that he could indeed beat the crap out of anyone anytime.

    His realisation that some time thereafter followed, was:
    SO WHAT? THERE’S GOT TO BE MORE TO IT THAN THIS!

    On that day, the germ of Aikido, after 4.6 billion years, finally dawned in one mind on this planet, and like virus began to spread.

    It had existed before, but not in the minds of individuals who could in fact beat the crap out everyone that came their way.

    That virus of awakening to a greater paradigm of consciousness, action, relationship and life navigation can not be stopped, not by all the boofheads on this planet, or the next.

    The concussion is foregone.
    Time will be the witness.

  8. That too, also the conclusion.

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