Welcome to AikiWeb Aikido Information
AikiWeb: The Source for Aikido Information
AikiWeb's principal purpose is to serve the Internet community as a repository and dissemination point for aikido information.

Sections
home
aikido articles
columns

Discussions
forums
aikiblogs

Databases
dojo search
seminars
image gallery
supplies
links directory

Reviews
book reviews
video reviews
dvd reviews
equip. reviews

News
submit
archive

Miscellaneous
newsletter
rss feeds
polls
about

Follow us on



Home > AikiWeb Aikido Forums
Go Back   AikiWeb Aikido Forums > Voices of Experience

Hello and thank you for visiting AikiWeb, the world's most active online Aikido community! This site is home to over 22,000 aikido practitioners from around the world and covers a wide range of aikido topics including techniques, philosophy, history, humor, beginner issues, the marketplace, and more.

If you wish to join in the discussions or use the other advanced features available, you will need to register first. Registration is absolutely free and takes only a few minutes to complete so sign up today!

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-30-2009, 06:55 PM   #1
aikishihan
Dojo: aikido academy/alhambra,california
Location: Los Angeles, California
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 367
United_States
Offline
"Sonkei" for Aikido

Sonkei, in Japanese, means “respect; a high regard; honor; esteem; reverence”.

I have the highest respect for what Aikido represents, has represented, and will hopefully continue to represent in the forseeable future. This future is in the hands of all those who profess to honor and practice the Aiki Principles of the Founder, Morihei Ueshiba.

What happens if we experience behavior less than stellar in this regard? This does not necessarily mean that Aikido’s intrinsic value will be lost, or that the valid principles that historically have defined it, will lose their authenticity, integrity or any treasured values to any who study and practice it, or even those who would deem to judge from a distance.

If I have any reservations of how Aikido will be appreciated or evaluated in the future, it would necessarily be hinged on how well the Stewards of Aikido today do their due diligence, and commit to work singularly and together, to safeguard and maintain the genuine traditions and professed vision of the Founder,

I believe in doing Aikido the “right way”, and by choosing to honor the intent and purpose of the Founder, I hope to fully realize and accept that my interpretations are no more, or less valid, than those of the next sincere student of Ueshiba Aiki.

It is a major strength of those Aiki Principles, that so many, and often divergent, interpretations are possible on a concept as huge as the Founder’s vision of, and hope for his Aikido.

Doing Aikido the “right way” is a life long journey, replete with small victories and painful defeats along the way. Yet, it heartens me to know that I can awake each day to begin anew my commitment to do a little better today, and, perhaps, tomorrow as well. I also know that I am not alone in measuring personal success one day at a time.

Thank you, the unsung heroes, who train their very best each and every day! May you continue to have growth and joy in your training!

I believe that a key reason I can maintain my singular journey, is my deep and abiding respect for Aikido, its mission, its history, its tradition, and its promise for even more benefits to anyone who willingly and resolutely undertakes its study and daily practice. This practice is so much more than executing moves and techniques on the mat.

As the late Doshu admonished, it is a matter of daily training in the Aiki principles, especially during one’s daily activities, along with maintaining peaceful interactions with our respective environments
.
Reigi, or martial etiquette, is one method for me to practice and demonstrate my respect for Aikido and its truths.I can achieve this goal by co-existing peaceably with my fellow citizens, showing respect and reverence for the environment, and to constantly seek for daily improvement, not only of my craft, but for a deeper appreciation for the gifts I am given.

I feel confident that my life is worth the challenges and hard lessons I encounter. It is then my joy, when I can witness the awesome growth in the people I interact with, who charitably consider me their friend, and a worthy companion on the Way of Aiki.

In oneness,

Last edited by aikishihan : 10-30-2009 at 06:59 PM.
  Reply With Quote

Please visit our sponsor:

Koretoshi Maruyama European Seminar - Maruyama Sensei will be in Cumbria UK, 1st-3rd August, 2014



Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:13 AM.



vBulletin Copyright © 2000-2014 Jelsoft Enterprises Limited
----------
Copyright 1997-2014 AikiWeb and its Authors, All Rights Reserved.
----------
For questions and comments about this website:
Send E-mail
plainlaid-picaresque outchasing-protistan explicantia-altarage seaford-stellionate