I know it’s a few hours late but in the spirit of MLK Jr., I’ll present three quotes from Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido:
~ Opponents confront us continually, but actually there is no opponent there. Enter deeply into an attack and neutralize it as you draw that misdirected force into your own sphere.
~ There are no contests in the Art of Peace. A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing. Defeat means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbor within.
~ As soon as you concern yourself with the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ of your fellows, you create an opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter. Testing, competing with, and criticizing others weaken and defeat you.
And just for kicks, two quotes from the great Bruce Lee, courtesy of the Brucelee.com page from facebook:
~ Under the sky, under the heavens, there is but one family.
~ It is compassion rather than principle of justice that can guard us against being unjust to our fellow men.
Love it. Thank you for all the reminders of what real aikido is about. We had Kagami Biraki at our dojo today, it was a humbling experience to demonstrate techniques yet some have used it as a time to show off. hmmmm, not really aikido is it? Thank you for your blog and your spirit. 😉
Isn’t Kagami Biraki the mochi ceremony? I would think that it’s hardly a time to be showing off.
…And your welcome!
Great post, MLK definitely opened a lot of doors for all of us!