Aug
23

Recommended reading: “Interview with Kanshu Sunadomari (1)” by Stanley Pranin”

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.

This is because those who teach don’t explain the spirit of O-Sensei. It is a matter of teachers having a goal while teaching Aikido. In the Manseikan I teach techniques which focus on the spirit of the Founder, Morihei Ueshiba. I always talk about this and I emphasize and express the spiritual side of 0-Sensei in the “Mansei Newspaper” which is a monthly publication. Without this, Aikido has no value other than as an old-style martial art. The spirit during training must emerge through actual techniques not in the form of idealistic words.


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Comments

  1. I have the strange feeling after all these years that if you simply train sincerely with the intent of real, practical technique, whether you like it or intend it you WILL develop a more harmonious spirit. I don’t think O Sensei mis-spoke when he said that aikido is misogi.