Realm of sports and competition — “Martial arts practice and the deceived mind,” by Stanley Pranin

The fear of the inability to defend himself is replaced by the fear of the potential for injury during competition. The novice faced with violence may be in an unavoidable situation. The competitor in the ring is there as the result of an act of volition….

Perhaps it is the illusion of safety promised by rules that deludes the young fighter into believing he is not risking his health and well-being. Or perhaps the lure of fame and fortune clouds his thinking…

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  1. I support the use of randori or freestyle competitive Aikido using only Aikido throws, with no points or winners awarded. Simply the practice of randori for its own sake, without throw limits, and for the purpose of developing your aiki, is what I recommend.

    All of the motives that Stan stated are true. The only functional use of any freestyle is where there is no victor declared, and the metaphor should be strictly adhered to — no double leg or single leg takedowns in randori. They’re effective, but too easy to do. And no ground and pound; it’s undignified and unhealthy.

    Remember the reasons you chose Aikido. You can take it from me, the most effective thing you can do in a fight is eye gouge, anyway. Use only aiki techniques, and do randori to learn to apply them effectively. You should be as lofty as possible in your strivings for randori, and make it beautiful.

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