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Aiki and Technique
Here in Indonesia, I have learned 4 years of Aikido affiliated to the Aikikai Federation, but mostly the training is techniques of aikido, with no spiritual teaching.
Then I moved to other dojo, still affiliated to the Aikikai Federation, which I am learning for 1 year up to now.
The big difference is: in mostly all of Aikikai's dojos here, they only teach about technique, and very little teaching about spirituality.
Even then, such as Ki extend, Chusin, Tanden, and AIKI for advanced class are very rare to get here.
While in my new dojo, the focus is yes, ki extend, chusin, tanden, are taught from the beginning, while still technique to be taught to understand the way to practise that ki, chusin, etc.
My question is:
Is O'Sensei's "original" aikido only taught by technique?
In that case, I think it's no better than other martial arts.
While the spiritual aikido which I learn now, is very rare here, even some people said, we are "false" aikido. Could Hombu Dojo realise this situation and think how to materialize and spread the "real" aikido here? Thank you in advance very much.
Thanks for you interesting question Winarto.
I think you will find that most dojo's teach mainly technique. This may be because the martial side of Aikido has been given too much importance.
Yes the technical side is very important, but many instructors and students become so obsessed with techniques that there is no time to practise anything spiritual.
Also bear in mind that many instructors do not have an interest in teaching this, and know nothing about it.
In my classes, we focus on etiquette, centre, relaxation, ki extension, powerful and soft flowing techniques, and aiki principles right from the start. We explain, in detail, exactly why and how.
I also hold separate classes for aiki principles, and self defence.
O'Sensei's key message was to find world peace. Personally he used to meditate, pray, study, and... practise techniques!
I don't think the major organisations will include much in the way of spiritual teaching. This may have something to do with the different belief systems of people around the world.
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