In this video from, in Spain, Rafael Regaño Sensei introduces the viewers to Aikido. This is one of the best videos I’ve seen yet for explaining what Aikido is. It’s in Spanish, with English subtitles. An excerpt:

“The purpose is to enter into harmony with your training partner and then gradually to integrate the philosophy to extend that harmony towards society, one’s surrounding, etc. It’s not a combat art, but one of harmony and unity. The idea is union with oneself and one’s partner, using martial arts, but without the components of aggressivity and competitiveness. It’s a peaceful philosophy.”

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I don’t post many videos, but this one is important, especially at this time of year when we tend to be taking a look at our priorities, where we are, what we are doing, and where we want to go. 

I suggest that you watch this, and then (if you haven’t already done so) find something physical that you love to do, and begin doing it. It might be hiking, dancing, surfing, or just about anything, but you have to love it to stick with it. In my case it’s Aikido.

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