Ben wrote:Indeed, David. I was actually a student of Aikido before I took refuge for the first time.
Excellent. I had done quite a bit of karate and tae-kwon-do before encountering Aikido. I was amazed at the non-violent nature of it, especially compared to the other martial arts. I first got to practice it when I was in law enforcement many years ago. The academy instructor was a Zen Buddhist and was into the ahimsa and religious aspects of it. In some of his instruction, he even talked about how as you progress further into Aikido you eventually transcend your delusional self and get to a stage of no-self. I imagine most of the other students who were not Buddhist, didn't really understand him. He was great.
fabianfred wrote:remember in the series 'Kung Fu' ....... ''avoid rather than block, block rather than hurt, hurt rather than maim, maim rather than kill, for all life is precious and none can be replaced....''
Or how about some lines from the original Karate Kid movies:
Rule #1: Karate is only for self-defense
Rule #2: Don't forget rule number 1.
Student to teacher: "Master, can you break large logs in half with one of your karate chops?"
Master: "I don't know, I have never been attacked by a log."