A Master with meaning II-Heads or tails or what... 

This story is a fairytale. And all fairytales should start with the proper sentence… Once upon a time there was a Master of the Arts who would put his students to the test of learning…

(approaches Master with a query)
-It is always said that we don't seek victory. Then how is it possible to avoid defeat?!

(pulls a coin from his sleeve, which leaves the student totally flabbergasted, and then gives it to him)
-Everybody understands winning or losing, because it is easy and without depth. So, you end up flipping a coin, trying to land it on the winning side, always. Aikido is different and difficult to grasp! You practice it in order to land the coin on its edge, neither aiming on winning or losing...
(having said that, he walks away)

(looks at the coin and spends the next day futilely flipping the coin, and somehow hoping it would land on the floor on its edge, but it never ever does. Stiff-lipped he approaches his Master once more, who starts speaking while approaching...)

-Any chance you found some harmony between winning and losing?!

-No Master. It is impossible to have that coin stand, no matter how many times I flipped it, it always lands heads or tails...
(next phrase whispering)
It seems there is only winning and losing after all...

(replying with a totally informal attitude)
-Oh yeah?!
(…and extends his hand in order to have his coin back. Then, and while summing the weight of the coin with a small motion, he continues)
-Instead of flicking it, did it ever occurred to you rolling it?!
(…and then, with an unexpected move, the Master launches the coin to the floor, but with a motion that forces the coin to roll!
Well balanced on its edge, the coin rolled with great speed, going down the long corridor, bumping with noise few stairs down, passing between the legs of a surprised oncoming student, escaping from the grab of another one, finally going out of sight of the jaw dropped student... Then, the student turned to speak to his Master, but he was long gone, too)

And then he thought to himself:
“Yes, this must be the Aiki principal!... 
It is not so much the techniques themselves which are so difficult to learn, as the wrong approach and attitude within the practice, which makes achieving Aikido impossible"

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