…Ki-kata and Tanren-ho…

In aiki keiko,  the most important things are practising ki-gata, and doing tanren-ho.   And Ki-gata absolutely have to be practised  [in a spirit of] shinken-shobu.  Because  in budo,  of course,  there has never been any such thing as a “sporting” contest.   Any  contest that does occur  is a  life and death struggle.   And yet,  seeking a contest for no reason  is  a terrible, terrible mistake.  Truly:  destroying life, shedding blood,  that is the biggest mistake a human-being can make.

– – – O’Sensei,  probably audio-recorded by by Masatake Fujita, transcribed by Sadateru Arikawa Shihan,  published in Aiki-Shinzui, p.161

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