Kokikai Aikido is founded on four basic principles. Understanding these principles and putting them into practice is the key to mastering the martial art. They are:
Initially Kokikai Aikido seems very counterintuitive because we try to relax as much as possible while doing techniques. A tense stance is quite immobile and "dead." A relaxed, centered stance is fluid and "alive."
In the third principle the word "correct" is used in its noun and verb forms. We want to have correct posture and continually correct our posture as well.
The final principle relates to the practitioner's mental state. In Kokikai we try to maintain a positive, happy feeling throughout practice. Thus, there is a good atmosphere on the mats.
It is important to keep in mind that you never have the ideal posture. You are never completely relaxed. You can never maintain your One Point perfectly and you cannot always remain positive. Thus, we try to keep the four principles in mind at all times. They constitute a path to travel upon, not a destination to reach.
In summary, the four basic principles allow us to develop a relaxed and calm confidence during practice and outside the dojo. Practicing Kokikai Aikido not only increases your flexibility and stamina, but also makes you happier, healthier, and better able to deal with the stresses of daily life.
Liz Fackelman, 663-3947,
Ashwin Tirodkar, 930-9617, email@example.com
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Updated Sept 9, 1999