"My Budo and Me"     - by J.R.

               I once had a Mistress,
                She's known as, the Sea -
               I've now found True Love.
                Her name is AiKi.

               I sought out the Path
                for years every Day,
               never expecting
                My quest was her Way.

               Her Art denotes Peace
                Still, One can be Ten -
               Gentle in Spirit,
                She guides me through Zen.

               We forge as we Train
                and also there's rest;
               in Mu shin Enters
                Happo Zanshin to Test.

               With the essence of Bu,
                Our Tao is Bushido.
               She is my Love.
                I call her​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​, Aikido.


What is Aikido?

Aikido is a modern Japanese Budo created by Morihei Ueshiba after he had mastered many traditional martial arts. He engaged in profound thought and spiritual training all throughout his life. Budo is a military way or way of martial art. Some of the more familiar budo practices and ways of training today are Judo, Karate-do, Aikido, Kendo, Kyudo, and Iaido (the art or way of drawing a sword). In effect, the term “do”, pronounced ‘doh’, translates as “a way or path” and replaces the word ‘jutsu’ which is ‘technique of war’.

Aikido is not a sport and has no competitions or tournaments. It is referred to as the “Art of Peace”, but is best translated as the “Way of Aiki” or the “Way of Harmony”. Considered by many to be a mutual meeting of mind, body, and spirit or energy in motion, Aikido is essentially non-combative and non-competitive since it is based on the principles of coordinated effort and non-resistance to one’s opponent(s) or attacker(s).

As a Budo, its primary purpose is to develop a healthy mind and body, together with a wholesome spirit. It ultimately gives the practitioner a great sense of self-discovery and realization that it is actually more than just learning self-defense. It somehow helps create the ideal psychological state by removing the fear of death and excessive self-consciousness so one can freely and completely make use of the acquired physical techniques, and in turn, make one to be a more productive and self-assured individual.

Aikido, therefore combines many Truths with useful benefits, the least of which that help convert ordinary people into extraordinary and contributing citizens. These include: compassion, respect and preparedness by always being aware of our surroundings, with continual self-improvement that also develops into a never-ending sense of duty to Family, Neighbor, Employer, Country, the Ecology, and Society at large.