Who We Are and Who We are Becoming

The study of this art has an impact on the participants. The underlying precepts and philosophy of Aikido cause us to continuously reevaluate what we are doing, both in the dojo and out in the world. Whoever we were the first time we bowed in, we are being transformed by the experience of practicing Aikido every day.

Since this is a slow process and we are focused on waza, techniques, and knowledge, we miss the real alterations that are taking place. Changes in how we interact with others, how we respond to stress, what we think we are capable of both emotionally and physically. Incremental changes go unnoticed. But as slowly and inevitably as tree roots will invade and crack a rock, aikido invades and cracks our preconceived ideas.
"I want considerate people to listen to the voice of Aikido. It is not for correcting others; it is for correcting your own mind. This is Aikido. This is the mission of Aikido and should be your mission."
O Sensei - Morihei Ueshiba

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