Just before Thanksgiving break, I taught the Aikido lesson. We still have yet to meet with the Aikido club. That will happen tomorrow, but I am interested to see how the practitioners demonstrate it. This is mostly because Aikido has a very peculiar style. As I called it during the lesson, it can best be described as twirly. Here’s a nice demonstration of Aikido by the founder’s grandson, Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94sOPZ4WtyY (Embedding disabled, unfortunately.)
The philosophy of Aikido is a very important part of the discipline. It seems like it many instances, the martial arts training is secondary to the mental and physical conditioning. As we mentioned in the colloquium, Aikido seems to be more art than martial. That is not a bad thing, but it is rather unusual.