On why Aikido has no competition and other snippets of wisdom

On why Aikido has no competition:

“Inaba Sensei: It was one of Master Ueshiba’s suggestions that aikido not have competitive matches. One explanation is that we don’t want to make a champion or “number one” person. It’s more important that individuals reach their own highest level.

But if we think about it deeply this is probably not the reason. Real martial arts are not about winning or losing. They are about the kind of fighting you can do. A long time ago, if you lost a match, this was shameful. It was either win or die. In sword fighting this was especially true. Now perhaps this is true with guns. How can you fight with a gun?…..”

If you want to know more, click the link..

http://www.aikidojournal.com/article.php?articleID=107

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About Aikido Yoshinkai Exeter

I run a small dojo of Yoshinkan Aikido in Exeter, Devon in the UK. The dojo started in Exeter in Jan 2013. There are a couple of Dojos in Exeter that train in Aikido, but we are the only Yoshinkan Aikido dojo in the area. The name of the dojo is Aikido Yoshinkai Exeter, and my instructor in Robert Mustard sensei. My experience in Martial Arts is exclusive to Yoshinkan Aikido in which I have trained for over 8 years now. I have traveled near and far to train and to date I continue to do so. I have had the honour of training with a few remarkable martial artists. I have also trained with Joe Thambu shihan (7th Dan) on many seminars over the past 7 years for whom I hold great admiration for his skill. In the UK we are fortunate to have instructors visiting regularly, Payet shihan (7th Dan), Ando shihan (7th Dan) and Takeno shihan (9th dan). Our club is closely linked with other Yoshinkan Dojo's in the UK and maintain friendly relations with them. email: sensei@aikidoexeter.co.uk www.aikidoexeter.co.uk www.facebook.com/aikidoexeter twitter: @aikidoexeter

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