Zen Beatings, Aikido Randori, and Spirituality

Nothing will call your attention to this very moment—fully integrating your mind and your body, knocking you completely out of any thought loop—faster and more completely than having the shit kicked out of you. The Aikido version of all of this is facing that guy screaming fiercely from the bottom of his belly, swinging that… Continue reading Zen Beatings, Aikido Randori, and Spirituality

Aikido Practice and Spirituality

There is a constant debate regarding spirituality in aikido, specifically with regard to the martial effectiveness of the art itself. One of the latest instantiations of that topic is found in this AikiWeb thread. Here was my thought: My PostFrom one point of view, anything or any activity is an opportunity to discover spirituality; once… Continue reading Aikido Practice and Spirituality