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Re: The sportiest activity that I do regularly is best categorized as...

by weierophinney (Pilgrim)
on May 28, 2004 at 12:56 UTC ( #357209=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to The sportiest activity that I do regularly is best categorized as...

Aikido is about "Crossing distances" -- entering into somebody's space, or turning around it.

I would have liked to have seen a martial arts category; I've known quite a number of programmer's besides myself that engage in one or more martial arts.


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Re: Re: The sportiest activity that I do regularly is best categorized as...
by spartan (Pilgrim) on May 28, 2004 at 15:37 UTC
    Does that include perl-fu by any chance?


    Very funny Scotty... Now PLEASE beam down my PANTS!
Re: Re: The sportiest activity that I do regularly is best categorized as...
by Trag (Monk) on May 28, 2004 at 13:13 UTC
    Wouldn't that qualify as sparring?


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      Not unless you do sparring.
      Aikido has several main schools, but the two most prominent are aikikai and yoshinkai. Aikikai is the style most typically practiced, and is non-competitive; Yoshinkai has a competitive element, but even this is not the main focus of training. As such, sparring isn't a typical aspect of aikido training; self-actualization is. Since the two main tenets of aikido are 'entering' and 'turning', 'Crossing distances' made more sense as an option. I still argue a martial arts or meditative arts category would have been nice.

      Aikido's aim is to bring harmony and resolve conflict ('ai' means love or harmony; 'ki' means energy; 'do' means way; 'aikido' thus means 'way of harmonizing energy'). Our techniques, while martially effective, stop short of injury; injury means you are breaking the energy flow.

      (My reading and observation of other martial arts is that self-actualization is typically the final goal, even though martial effectiveness is often what is outwardly taught.)

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