Ron Tisdale wrote:
This can be a very interesting, and somewhat contentious issue in some quarters.
I have to agree with the majority of posters when they say that Yoshinkan aikido does not overtly teach religeon. Self development and spiritual issues are left up to the individual to treat as they wish. But...
Yes, Ron. I find it interesting that Shioda sensei chose the name "yo-shin-kan". The "yo" is the same as in "yoseikan," meaning "to cultivate." But the "shin" is the same as in "shinto"--meaning "kami" or "god." So "yoshinkan" can be read as "the place to cultivate god (or "the gods")".
For what that's worth.