“Principles: Philosophy,” by Sensei Strange

“In the mid 1990s during a seminar a great teacher told he something that changed my relationship with the art. He said, ‘Aikido is the physical embodiment of a philosophy.’

I believe that you do not read a book, or have long discussions on ethics, Aikido philosophy will transmit simply through the act of practice. Unlike the practice of formal Zen which seeks to quiet the mind through the act of seated meditation, dynamic non-action, Aikido engages the mind and body in dynamic action. Each motion of it slowly working to reprogram the nervous system and the mind/body reaction to stimulus.”

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  1. …that seems to conform to my experience. i hadn’t stated it so concisely. there is physical therapy involved too…

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