London Aikikai - Traditional Aikido in London
Taiiku (bodily achievement)
The harmonious development of the body reveals us to be a microcosm of the universe while it continues to purify the body through training. Through physical mastery, we gain the power known as kokyuryoku (the power in the breath of heaven and earth). This power comes from the realisation that we are one with the universe.
Kiiku (spiritual development)
The concepts of "enemy" and "fear" are perceptions of karmic consciousness or illusion, in which the world appears separate from the self. Aikido is not an art of defeating the enemy. A state of "no fear" comes from increasing self-confidence and awareness of being at one with the universe. Our true spiritual strength can only be revealed when the barrier of self-isolation is broken down.
Tokuiku (moral or ethical achievement)
This is the development of the moral or ethical aspect of the self, placing the principle of oneness with the universe into daily life. The path of truthfulness is realised through commitment and practice.
Chiiku (intellectual achievement)
The attainment of wisdom comes from an increasing awareness of the reality of oneness with the universe.
Jyoshiki no Kanyo (cultivation of common sense)
Common sense in its most profound interpretation is the recognition of and respect for all living things. The definition of the true martial Way is therefore to be the guardian of all beings embodying the principle of reverence towards all life.
These five principles of aikido are found in every technique. Simultaneous development of these elements leads to ideal personal development. The diversity of beings and the realisation of oneness are not contradictory concepts. The apparent contradiction is perfectly reconciled within the eternal and supreme code of the laws of nature.