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don’t confuse the result with passing the test

March 1, 2012

I have been a student of Aikido since 1993. It has had a huge impact on my life – much of it unexpected. Aikido is what led me to the Samurai Game and my passion for Aikido is what is behind my efforts in recent years to undo a couple of decades of bad habits and get my body working properly again.

There are two things I love most about Aikido –  its simplicity and its almost unfathomable complexity. And the way it permeates every aspect of my life if I let it.

Relax. Extend Ki. Harmonize. Enter. Lead.

Simple. Almost unfathomably complex.

Last week my teacher offered the class some simple advice about Ki testing.

Don’t confuse the result with passing the test.

Simple. Almost unfathomably complex.

How many “successful” people do you know who often get “results” but they don’t pass the test?


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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 1, 2012 11:07 am

    Very wise Paul. Thank you. A bit like the map/territory divide.

  2. March 1, 2012 6:14 pm


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