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Monday, September 12, 2011

Words from a master

Aikido is about "人をぶつからない" which can be translated as "avoiding conflicts, avoiding clashes, not hurting one another". In our dojo, one of the fundamentals is to train without hurting one another. Therefore here and outside, we train ourselves in a way that will not hurt others. This idea transcends the walls of this dojo, as well as country borders. To avoid fighting with one another is a universal wisdom that can be applied to oneself, fellow students, family, etc. Even though Aikido is a traditional martial art, I strongly feel that its philosophy is needed today by Japanese and Australian people alike.
Michiharu Mori Sensei, 7th Dan Yoshinkan Aikido Master

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