“As I go about my day job, I like to notice that I can smile where others are becoming angry. Although I am performing a totally different function, I am constantly referring to the insight I have acquired from my Aikido practice. Perhaps Aikido can be called my lifestyle.
I am very attracted to the Aikido philosophy pertaining to the essence of life. The Aikido principle is that the female and male forces, Yin and Yang, are present in all natural things, and when fusion between the two elements are combined with a divine connection, new life and love begins. Based on this principle, Aikido aims to balance the positive and negative to maintain peace and harmony. That is why Aikido is ultimately considered as a spiritual pathway.”
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