Re: How is aikido related to your spiritual path?
Aikido, even though I have studied for a short period, has made me change my outlook on the arts.
I used to teach people agressively, and now I train them in a calmer fashion. It has done wonders for me.
I do have to say, that in most arts, people that are calm and of higher dan rank become professors. To me it seems in Aikido we are training everyone to be professors, more so than anything.
A Professor is simply a person that needs no strength because they know the techniques so well and have practiced so long that they can use only technique and Chi (Ki) to perform the manuever correctly.