WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF AIKIDO IN MENTAL HEALTH?
Aikido is one of the most recent Japanese martial arts.Its founder, Morihei Ueshiba, or O’Sensei (great teacher), devoted more than seventy years to the study of budo (martial arts).He mastered many different combat arts,including various schools of jiujitsu, swords manship, and the use of the staff and spear.
O’Sensei won many matches, but he was troubled with the feeling that winning at somebody else’s expense is not really winning. He came to believe that true self-defense is not winning over others, but winning over the discord within oneself. In 1925, O’Sensei had a major spiritual experience that deeply affected the development of Aikido: “I understood “budo is not feelling the opponent by our force; nor is it a tool to lead the world into destructions with arms. True budo is to accept the spirit of the universe, keep the peace ofthe world,correctly produce,protect, and cultivate all being in Nature.’“
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