Aikido: an alternative education system for humanity? | Christophe Depaus | TEDxUBIWiltz

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. What is Aikido and how can it help us to find solutions to modern-world issues like radioactive waste management?

In a surprisingly animated talk, Christophe Depaus gives us the chance to see aikido’s spiritual pillars explained in action – on just a 12m² stage! – and how to build a bridge between two worlds that seemed incompatible before.

Christophe Depaus is a mining engineer, philosopher of sciences, expert on nuclear international law and management of radioactive waste with a thirty years-long intensive Aikido training that brought him to reach the level of 5th dan at the young age of 37.
His very different experiences reunited by a strong holistic approach allowed Christophe to develop his own vision of Aikido’s application on education and society that he proposes in his dojo since 2006.

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  1. I'm not really sure for the purpose of the demonstrations. Somehow doing choreographed moves with another Aikido partner doesn't seem like a good example for real life situations, whether as an allegorical lesson or a lesson in self defense.

  2. With all due respect to the sensei, this is why a lot of people think Aikido is not a martial art. In the end, it's about fighting and should be practiced as such. It is not a kumbaya thing. If you don't know how to roll out of a technique, you will break an arm, wrist, or elbow. That's not exactly kumbaya. Train under Shibata sensei and then talk about kumbaya.

  3. Instead of using aikido for his system as he sounds like a Frenchman perhaps savate is better for him???
    Aikido does not wrk maybe the joint locks after a clench or something but otherwise it's useless!!!Besides it only works on people who can't fight wth no training or unless someone is running towards them wth momentum👎

  4. avoiding the escalation of violence is better by teeping, you know people who want to kill you don't actually charge toward you with their wrist forward waiting to be thrown right?

  5. My aikido sensei once told me "aikido isn't what you do, it's how you do it." Which is of great comfort to me when I rememer how terrible I am at aikido.

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