AikiWeb System wrote:
Should religion play a part in an aikido curriculum?
Should? Usually means it isn't. Should according to who?
Religion? Which religion? If we are true to O'Sensei that would be Omoto/Shinto. If by religion you mean to socio-political network used for self propagation and control, then no. If you are implying the spiritual beliefs that underlying the idea and practice that there is more to the world than my little ego and judgmental opinions about right/wrong and good/bad, then i can support spiritual teachings through the physical practice.
Play? Yes, we should enjoy ourself. IMHO, people take themselves far too seriously and too personally.
A part? Which part of the whole? How much? Implicitly taught through the techniques are explicit taught as conversion? IMHO, many of the spiritual concepts are implied in the techniques. It already is and will always be a part of Aikido whether people overtly practice it or not.
An? Not "the"?
Curriculum? According to which Sensei, school, style, or affiliation? To each there own.
So after all that, no.