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Old 07-04-2006, 04:18 PM   #13
Mark Uttech
Dojo: Yoshin-ji Aikido of Marshall
Location: Wisconsin
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 1,224
Re: Poll: Does aikido contain any philosophical principles not present in any other budo?

Actually, what makes aikido different is that an aikidoka is a missionary, becomes a missionary.And what is an aikidoka's mission? The Founder, O Sensei, is quoted as saying:
"Your mission is your prayer; we call it TakeMusu Aiki." An aikidoka is also called upon to
be aware of not only their immediate surroundings, but also aware of the world situation. The
second Doshu, Kisshomaru Ueshiba mentioned Aikido as being a social education for the future.
Aikido has grown in the last few decades and is now practiced in 87 countries.
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