Zen and Aikido

Our third English book publication is now at the printer and will be available in February. Most readers of Aiki News are aware of the connections between aikido and esoteric Shinto beliefs, and have heard that, unlike many other Japanese martial arts, aikido has little actual relationship to Zen. What many may not realize is the extent to which Zen philosophy has permeated Japanese martial culture—a martial culture in which Morihei Ueshiba was very much involved during his years of training in aikijujutsu, sojutsu, kenjutsu, etc., and regardless of other overt religious influences, which provided the base on which aikido was built.

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