Ame no Ukihashi: “O-Sensei’s elaborate jo kata consisting of up-and-down and spiraling movements”

The Founder saw the world from a Shinto viewpoint and was especially influenced by the Omoto religious sect. One of the expressions he used frequently in reference to his role as the creator of aikido was “Ame no Ukihashi.” This means literally the “Floating Bridge of Heaven.” This Ame no Ukihashi—the link between Heaven and Earth—was located wherever O-Sensei might be at a given point in time executing works on behalf of the kami or deities to bring about a harmonious, peaceful world. In other words, this is the mission of aikido…

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