This thread is not about 'preaching' or about whether it is right for Christians to practice Aikido; but rather to look at the relationship between Christianity and the martial arts. It is designed to create dialogue and open-mindedness. The blog below was inspired by an article I read on aikidojournal.com regarding Aikido and religion.
I welcome discussion and comments
How good is it to discuss this issue. I am 10 year practicing aikido and have just passed entering exams to Orthodox "high school" to become a priest. This issue for us, Slavic, ukrainians, russians and others aikido/budo practitioners , is very essential . Taking into account disputes about the role of church in modern life for youngsters at one hand and rocketing interest in budo arts I examine the points budo arts have common and contradiction with Christianity.