How do Aiki translates to you?
At first, for me, I saw the kanji :ai: and :ki: , which I assume the first explains the latter. It's like :ai: no :ki: , but sometimes the "no" is understood, so they just say :ai: :ki: . Which then translates to, "Spirit of Harmony".
It is not until, I took ki-no-kenkyukai classes that the sensei starts talking about Aikido as "the way to union with ki". Then it occured to me, I was or maybe still is of Japanese animation, and this reminds me of the word "gattai" in super robot animations. The word "gattai" is written with :ai: and the second kanji is the kanji for body, which means "the joining of bodies" -> to become bigger robots of course.
So it is logical, for me, that I take the latter. For me, Aikido now means "The way of joining with ki".
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