The Question Again

Shihan Francis Takahashi has been study Aikido for 45 years. He brings a lifetime of experience to his answer, and here is a link to a column where he explores this question for himself. Here's a quote from the opening:
It is my sincere stance, that we should study Aikido primarily as a discipline to undertake, correct and refine our search for meaning within ourselves, and for the pursuit of excellence within our art. We should not study the Aikido of systems, techniques, and martial philosophy, simply to emerge victorious in any confrontation we may encounter. Rather, we should consider using any such confrontation as a self test to measure and appreciate how close, or how far we have progressed towards or from our stated goals of embracing fully the potential of studying this art called Aikido.


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