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Letter to the editor- Martial arts are misunderstood

To the editor:

As a co-owner and instructor at Blue Lake Aikido, I felt compelled by the article, “Holy war” manual revealed, which appeared in the Oct. 2 edition of the Tahoe Daily Tribune, to clarify the true purpose of aikido, which is listed in the chart under “Book 9 Close fighting.”

Aikido is a nonviolent art of self-protection, and as such cannot be “used against another person” in the context of attacking another person with aikido. If indeed the terrorists are using “aikido” techniques to perpetrate their acts of destruction, they are not doing them in the true spirit of the art, and hence are not doing aikido. To quote the founder of aikido, Ueshiba Morihei O-Sensei: “In the art of peace we never attack. An attack is proof that one is out of control.” At the core of all martial arts is the desire to stop an attack before it happens and in essence, not to fight.

Mark Dulyanai

Blue Lake Aikido

South Lake Tahoe

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