I just survived my first training session with AIU’s Aikido Club. Although I was too busy trying to catch my breath to take any pictures, I do happen to have a fantastic shot in the archives from AIU’s 2012 Summer Program.
Photography by Simon Chua
According to Ōsensei (lit. Great Teacher) and founder of Aikido,
Morihei Ueshiba 「植芝盛平」
“Aiki is the way of the Kami and was born of the will of the Kami.
Rise early in the morning to greet the sun. Inhale the breath of heaven and let the cosmos inside. Next breath up the rich vibrance of the earth. Blend these breaths with your own breath and become the breath of life itself. Your mind and body will be gladdened, heartache and disappointment will dissipate and you will be filled with gratitude.
The movements of Aikido which unite human being with great nature are all given by Sarutahiko-no-Ōkami. Aikido is Misogi..a purification of ourselves…the way of the universe.”
If you are ever presented with an opportunity to participate in Aikido, I highly recommend you give it a try. It’s difficult, and I’ll admit I wanted to quit after the first hour, but it was not long after that I found myself truly enjoying it. It’s a great way to master one’s mind, body, and spirit as well as get out and make some friends.