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Old 01-12-2006, 09:20 AM   #15
Dojo: Central Illinois Aikikai
Location: Champaign, IL
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 9
Re: Poll: Have you ever questioned why you are training in aikido?

I feel that developing the non-physical aspects of Aikido requires you to develop an understanding of yourself. You go to class to understand the techniques, but you practice always to understand your mind, body, and spirit. It's all part of the spiritual and philosophical teachings of O' Sensei.

For that reasons of course I question why I train in Aikido. I agree with the comments I've read about it being "like a duck to water" and just plain enjoyable. But to further my Aikido studies I feel it is necessary to understand the deeper meanings behind why I study. Why is it so natural and why is it so fun? Answering these questions will help me understand my mind and spirit. Once they are understood, they can be used as tools to enhance the techniques.
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