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Old 05-16-2005, 11:35 AM   #28
Dojo: Kenshinkai Yoshinkan Aikido
Location: Portsmouth
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 450
Re: Poll: Should religion play a part in an aikido curriculum?

Joep Schuurkes wrote:
I voted 'yes'.
It might be a bit too wicked an interpretation of the question, but the moment I knew O-sensei created aikido for a large part inspired by his religious beliefs, religion became part of what I thought of aikido.
So yes, religion should play a part, in my opinion every aikidoka should have some notion of O-sensei's religious beliefs (e.g. Omoto-kyo, 20th centruy, lots of kami). What they then do with that knowledge, is entirely up to them.
Of course O'Sensei didn't really "create" Aikido, but evolved it.

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