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Old 08-09-2004, 10:36 AM   #44
Dennis Hooker
Dojo: Shindai Dojo, Orlando Fl.
Location: Orlando Florida
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 456
Re: When you bow do you worship or just...

If you have access to the current edition of Aikido Today Magazine containing their interview with me I talk quite a bit about this subject which is near and dear to my heart. I can not repeat it here so I hope you can find an issue if you are interested in my experience and opinion on this matter of religion and Aikido.

Dennis Hooker

Brendan Basone wrote:
When you bow at the close of an aikido lesson do you worship or just show honour to a person or philosophy which improves self esteem?

I feel it meant to much when I bowed and had to pray later because of it concerning it.

There are Biblical examples of this such as when Namaan the Syrian who asked a prophet for permission to bow with the others to a false God. And there were many examples with Jesus. Early christians chose death instead of calling the Emperor lord...

What's it to you fellows? How do you deal with it according to your conscience and faith?

Dennis Hooker: (DVD) Zanshin and Ma-ai in Aikido
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