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Most modern aikidoka reject competition and sparring in any form. The philosophy is delineated well on the Aikiweb forums by Stefan Stenudd: [P]ractice is not about defeating an opponent, but about both participants being victorious by finding a truly peaceful solution and growing as human beings in the process. ... We train the aikido techniques ...


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You're asking a lot of interconnecting but separate questions. Depending upon the view and the school, you will generally get different answers, but in Mikkyo (Esoteric Buddhism), these concepts (Fudōshin, Mushin, and Zanshin) are all derived from the teachings of Fudō Myō-ō. There is an order to these things, as I was taught it, so I will answer in that ...


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plowing through the drills as my partner moves in tandem There's a good version of this and a poisonous version of this. The good version is that your padholder is calling for combinations on the fly and you are responding mindlessly. That's super. That's mushin-no-shin. The bad version is that you are a rock-'em-sock-'em robot. If both of you are ...


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It depends how one view "competition". If it is the desire to crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of their women ... Then, yeah, that style of competition is not compatible with Aikido. If it is a desire to learn effective techniques in a safe environment against opponents who vigorously resist so as to perfect your ...


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Tomiki Aikido (aka Shodokan Aikido) holds tournaments and championships. There are competitive aspects in many branches of Aikido. There's quite little commonality between mainline aikido and the Tomiki schools. The idea was a "rationalization" of aikido by means of training in kata and competition, which Tomiki Kenji felt made the art more accessible (like ...



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