“The body should be triangular, the mind circular. The triangle represents the generation of energy and is the most stable physical posture. The circle symbolizes serenity and perfection, the source of unlimited techniques. The square stands for solidity, the basis of applied control.” O’Sensei
Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and spiritual beliefs. Aikido broke from and transcended the martial lineages of the past towards a higher ideal; one in which true Budo is the protection and perseverance of life rather than that of destruction and war. In this sense we may consider it to be a modern, sophisticated evolution of older Japanese schools of Jiujutsu and Swordsmanship. Its martial expression includes technique and principals derived from thousands of years of martial heritage forged in battle, yet its roots reach deeply into the rich and profound spiritual landscape that pervades Japanese culture and language. Aikido may be translated as “the way to harmonize with the energy of the universe.” It is considered a martial way, or path (Do) in that by its pursuit we aim to cultivate our complete self, as well as our martial ability with the goal of powerful self-realization. The depth and profound nature of its dedicated pursuit is expressed through personal development on myriad levels. It is complex, subtle, powerful, and all-encompassing. The physical movement of Aikido is the embodiment of natural principles, of universal law, and the process of nature. Rather than meeting force with conflict, we harmonize with the energy of the movement in order to redirect and neutralize the attack. From a physical standpoint an Aikido practitioner employs the precise use of leverage, inertia, gravity, and the action of centrifugal and centripetal forces, yet ultimately, it is the energy of the attack itself that disables the attacker. This however, is merely the physical manifestation of a basic universal principal of harmony. To attack is to create an imbalance in energy. The way of aiki is to stand deeply present in the moment to facilitate a return to the natural balance of order as a result of your movement, your connection with the attacker, and your harmonization with the unbalanced energy that is thrust upon you.
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