“Honesty is to cut away lies and deception of a technique born from over-thinking and manipulation. To perform any action where the eagerness to impress, succeed or rely on technique overtakes our mind results in movements which do not originate from the heart. In these cases, our intention bubbles to the surface and becomes readable by someone more skilled. So too, when we are attacked by someone with ego or showmanship that they become readable and reveal weaknesses.”
The article below has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. We believe that an informed readership with knowledge of the history, techniques and philosophy of aikido is essential to the growth of the art and its adherence to the principles espoused by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.
The relationship between you and me goes all the way back to 1951. That was the year in which, through your association with Nyoichi Sakurazawa Sensei (known in the West as Georges Ohsawa of Macrobiotic fame), you came to knock at the gate of aikido and began your training under founder Morihei Ueshiba. For over forty years since then you and I have trodden the same path together, training diligently and never resting even for a day.