Re: Aikido as a "Budo"?
Thank you for taking the time to think about my questions and for answering them.
These questions have been in my mind as I think about the context within which we, as aikido practitioners, place our practice. Personally, without the understanding and cultivation of the qualities of "budo" within it, our practice becomes merely a repetition of physical exercises. Although there's nothing wrong with that in and of itself, I daresay that calling such as "aikido" would make the name a misnomer.
I am sure that all of you in your classes do repeat many physical movements and exercises. What do you do in your classes that elevate the training past just that? What do you infuse into your training that makes it into "budo"?
I appreciate your patience into my questions.