Re: Catholic Aikidoka
For my own part, I had to examine and resolve the conflict of bowing to the shomen (kamiza) at the beginning and end of class. IMHO, there is a fine line between veneration of O sensei, and worshipping him as a kind of Buddhist diety. The Bible does state 'thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image', and I had to make sure that I would not, even unintentionally, be involved with a act, such as bowing to the shomen, that would compromise my faith. Discussing the matter with the sensei was extremely useful, and now I have no problems with training. I actually spend the minute or two at the beginning and end of class in seiza praying and thanking God. As Christians, we not only should live as sin-free at humanly possible, but also be seen to be living this way.