- I agree with you Chris ...
--- In email@example.com, "maturin.rm" <maturin@r...> wrote:
> I have, in previous posts, partly defined aiki as the means to
> dominate an attacker. This was criticised by those who believe
> aiki is a religious or moral based concept and is based on
> blending and yielding - a quasi 'turn the other cheek' idea. In
> budo there are ura and omote aspects to almost everything and
> in practical terms (omote) aiki is I think about overpowering an
> attack and defeating an attacker on first contact. I wonder if
> anyone has any imput on how they understand this
> 'characteristic feature' of our budo.
> I would also like to quote from the Jujutsu Kyoju sho Ryu no
> maki which defines aiki as: "... an impassive state of mind
> without a blind side, slackness, evil intention or fear. There is
> difference between Aiki and Ki ai, however if compared, when
> expressed dynamically Aiki is called Ki ai, and when expressed
> statically it is called Aiki."
> Christopher Ross