Re: Catholic Aikidoka
I happen to be Catholic also. Surprising how many Catholics there are here.
Anyway i'm 15 years old and have been catholic my whole life , alot of my family is catholic. To me the important thing is not to mix religion with martial arts. I think aikido is based upon good morals but i dont think that should mean it should be considered a religion. Catholicism (or any christian reiligion for that matter) of course frowns upon violence as a means of hurting another person, but aikido is not meant for hurting others. It is actually the opposite , it is meant for defending yourself WITHOUT hurting others.
This is why i think its fine to be doing martial arts and still be religious. Theres nothing wrong with it as long as you are doing it for the right reasons.