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Aikido - The Way of Harmony
by Tony J. Wilden - www.aikido-health.com
Aikido is an original martial art that isn't competitive or violent. The techniques do not require physical strength or aggressive spirit and can be practiced by people of all ages and from all walks of life.
The many benefits include... self defence, discipline, breath control, relaxation, flexibility, stamina, speed, power, health, harmony etc.
Using circular movement an attackers energy can be returned to them. A wide variety of methods can be used to cause pain and submission, without serious injury.
In time, after focused training, you will develop an inner balance that can be used in your daily life. Aikido offers you a unique key to living naturally and unselfishly in a complicated world.
The teachings tell you that the one point in your lower abdomen is the centre of your universe wherever you go. Keeping your mind concentrated on this point causes relaxation along with the ability to respond fast.
Master Morihei Ueshiba O'Sensei (1883-1969) was known as one of the World's greatest martial artists. Although he was invincible as a warrior, Morihei became a man of peace who detested violence.
After mastering judo, kendo and jujutsu, along with his profound spiritual insight into the nature of the universe, he created aikido, an entirely original martial art based on universal principles.
Morihei taught the art of peace as a mind-body discipline, as a practical method for handling aggression, and as a way of life that develops fearlessness, wisdom, love, and friendship.
He believed that aiki principles of reconciliation, harmony, and co-operation could be applied bravely to any challenge you face in life.
Although the art originated in Japan, it was intended to be a gift for all humankind. He was often described as being the most religious person in Japan, and in his later years, spent much of his time in study and prayer.
O'Sensei based his skills on his ability to tune into universal energy. The method he used was through the power of sound vibrations. Every day he chanted the pure Kotodama sounds to develop his spiritual powers.
Some of his most prominant students, who became Masters are...
Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Koichi Tohei, Gozo Shioda, Morihiro Saito, Rinjiro Shirata, Michio Hikitsuchi, Kanshu Sunadomari, Takuma Hisa, Tenryu, Minoru Mochizuki, Kenji Tomiki, and many more.
Moriteru Ueshiba (son of Kisshomaru, grandson of Morihei), continues to promote the art to the World from the Hombu Dojo in Japan.
The Aikido population keeps growing every year due to the excellent work of the Masters and their dedicated students.
Daily Practise - The Path to Perfection
In essence, aikido is more philosophy and meditation than a series of physical movements, but through mind-body exercises you can gain an understanding of the art and learn how it can be applied to your life.
It can help turn obstacles into potential opportunities and allow you to transform anxiety and pain into vital life-force energy. This can be achieved if you devote some time and energy to daily training.
Many of the amazing exercises can be practised at any time, wherever you stand on the planet Earth. During your training you will learn that the battle is not outside of you, but within. The wisdom and benefits received from hard training are many... health, harmony, enlightenment etc.
It is much more than just another fighting style, it is a holistic approach to life that Morihei Ueshiba described as...
" A divine path inspired by the gods
that leads to truth, goodness and beauty "
Morihei demonstrated his divine technique, that was in harmony with nature. Aikido students are familiar with Amazing photo's and films of Morihei as an old man, easily defeating much younger opponents.
You can step onto the path of Aikido, it is the way of harmony and peace.
Tony J. Wilden
Aikido Health Centre
Tony Wilden is the author of the Aikido Success Blueprint, the Aikido First Aid Kit, and the Optimum Health Secrets. You can sign up for his free monthly Harmony ezine at http://www.aikido-health.com
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