“What is Aikido and What is Shugyo” by Tamara Rozman

“Aikido was created by Morihei Ueshiba, referred to by some aikido practitioners as Osensei (”Great Teacher”). Ueshiba envisioned aikido not only as the synthesis of his martial training, but also an expression of his personal philosophy of universal peace and reconciliation. During Ueshiba’s lifetime and continuing today, aikido has evolved from the old-style martial art that Ueshiba studied into a wide variety of expressions by martial artists throughout the world.

The purpose of Aikido is to make human beings strong by tapping their natural energy. This will also make them healthy in mind and body. In Aikido, we transcend the distinction between mind and body; we unify body and mind and function as a single entity. It is from the center of that unified entity that limitless ki is born, and vital breath springs forth. If those powerful forces are manifested in daily life, one can lead the best and most positive kind of existence.”

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