Ted Ehara (tedehara) wrote:
Aikido is a martial art that can teach "how to become one with the universe". That's what the writings of the founder, K. Ueshiba and K. Tohei all indicate. Yes, you can develop it for self-defense or street tactics, but that's not what it's there for.
Comments and opinions?
Well, this is the question originally posed by the starter of this thread and the main reason why I myself indulge in a close study of the Founder's writings in his own language is to understand him as far as possible on his own terms, rather than as mediated by the thinking of postwar Showa Japan, tinged as this is with western concepts of world peace and morality.