Originally posted by akiy
So, what's your definition of "aiki"?
To me, the Aiki principle is perfectly illustrated in O'Sensei's own words:
"When an opponent comes forward, move in and greet him; if he wants to pull back, send him on his way."
"Let attackers come any way they like and then blend with them. Redirect each attack and get firmly behind it."
Not to mention "Masakatsu Agatsu".
But most importantly, 'Aiki' means not criticizing other styles in Aikido or other Martial Arts.
As long as you don't consider yourself and your Art a cut above the rest, you're in a state of Aiki.