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  •  I of course grew up on Kwai Chang Caine (0+ / 0-)

    I've trained in Tai Kwon Do and Ue Chi Ryu and a little bit of 5-animal kung fu before having the chance to train in Aikido.

    It's not that Aikido is "better" than other martial arts - I respect all of them taught well and used with integrity. What I like about Aikido, though, is that it gives you more options that don't hurt the other person(s). A good wushu student will, as you suggest, look tirelessly for a non-fighting alternative, but really doesn't have the tools to immobilize that Aikido offers, and thus will choose to hurt someone (with plenty of justification) when avoidance is no longer an option.

    "In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope." - Barack Obama

    by AikidoPilgrim on Mon Jun 08, 2009 at 02:35:32 PM PDT

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    •  I agree (0+ / 0-)

      And one of the most fascinating things about Aikido is that it is "new' as martial arts go. Therefore it is a sort of direct response to the challenges of a more modern world, where out and out warfare is not as effective as in the past.

      Just as Ghandi evolved a new way of 'fighting' on a large scale in response to a changing world, Sensei Ueshiba evolved a new way of personal defense in response to a changing world. Both are evolutionary steps towards a more peaceful planet.

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