THE WAY OF THE HARMONIOUS SPIRIT
Aikido (AI= Harmony KI= Energy DO= The Way) has been referred to as "Dynamic Zen" because of its meditative and philosophical qualities. It fosters self-awareness that can eventually lead you toward spiritual enlightenment. The essence of all Aikido techniques is spherical motion around a stable energized center, where practitioners learn how to blend with the motion of attacks from one or multiple opponents, redirecting the attacker's energy into a point of non-resistance, controlling aggression without inflicting injury.
Since ancient times, purification rituals have been used and developed by humans to attain higher levels of understanding and awakening, as well as mind-body-spirit renewal through what the Japanese Shinto call Misogi (water purification) by washing away impurities or obscure energies in a river, waterfall, or sea, and Misogi-no-kokyu-ho (purification through breathing), a cleansing of the internal organs through deep conscious breathing practice.
This conscious breathing is essential for the purification process. Breath is the bridge between body and mind, synchronizing physical and emotional states, creating harmony within, with others, and the world.
Misogi is a profound spiritual practice meant to bring human beings into direct communion with nature and a state of harmonization and awakening, by transcending ego and experiencing the true nature of things, including our own.
The energetic and flowing spiral movements of aikido techniques provoke states of meditation in motion that removes obstacles, impurities, and toxins in the system, allowing the practitioner to awaken and evolve as a conscious human being – this is the meaning of spiritual development.
"CORRECT POSTURE COMES FROM AWARENESS OF YOUR CENTER - ONLY THEN YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR OWN DIRECTION."