Brian Kagen pick: “My Mission” by Kanshu Sunadomari

“These words are a product of the Founder’s divine inspiration from God. The mission of Aikido was bestowed upon the Founder from heaven. How many people alive today are living life conscious of their life’s mission?

In 1974, when I was around 50 years old, I became aware of my life’s mission. Twenty years had passed since I began teaching Aikido professionally. At that time, I strongly felt that my mission is to spread true Aikido to the world and that the words that the founder received from God are the heart and spirit of Aikido. At once, I requested the late Yoshito Nakashima, a supporter of the dojo and a famous calligrapher, to brush “The Spirit of Aikido” (pg.1). I had this printed and distributed to each dojo, and decided to have everyone recite these words in unison after me at the beginning of each practice. It took a long time for me to realize that within these words is the spirit of Aikido. After many years spent overcoming pains and hardships on the path of life, one’s own mission begins to reveal itself.”

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