Re: Respect for the Art of Aikido
The spiritual aspects of aikido rarely (if ever) get discussed on the mat. We do talk about martial theory and non violence and not wanting to hurt people all the time. So i wouldn't worry about offending anyone.
it seems to me that the spiritual part of aikido is something that my sensei let's us figure out for ourselves. Of course he's always willing to talk about it with us if we want to.
IMO, aikido does not know a single religion or spiritual belief, but many, it's a martial art that can be learned and taught from almost any perspective. It's incredibly versitile in that way. You can get out of it, whatever you're willing to put into it.