“The Concept of Excellence in Aikido,” by Daniel Lance

This notion of excellence has been nagging me for a long time. Indeed, looking on my computer at a demonstration of Christian Tissier at a Martial Art Gala, at Bercy, France, I say to myself: “Well here, this is excellence, it must be something like that. “Then another demonstration that the Doshu did—and the same conclusion! Still others’ demonstrations feel the same. I also remember the extraordinary Phong Sensei, imprisoned in communist camps in Vietnam from 1975 to 1986, eighteen times trying to escape and finally setting foot on American soil in 1986…

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