To begin with, the highest virtue of the warrior is “MAKOTO”. More simply “MA” which means: sincerity towards oneself and towards others. Thus, MAKOTO is at the origin of Aiki and by extension, of all coherent martial practice. This virtue requires living in the moment, beyond any selfish conceptualization or motivation. It is sincerity, honesty and perception of things as they are.
The great masters were talking about it
Morihei Ueshiba called him “Katsu Hayabi” – spontaneous realization, that is to say, immersed in a moment located beyond space and time. This moment is also called the “ma-aï”, the perfect interval between our partner and us. In short, it is this perfection that makes time and speed insignificant.
To this day, the teachings of the masters of the past have inspired us. As a result of this, it is in truth each generation to recreate the art of the practice in its own way. To this end, it is in our turn to transmit the richness of these teachings that we have devoted our time and energy to the practice.
Aïki training leads us to both health and discernment. Also, if we want our progress to lead us to real achievement, sooner or later it will be necessary to move towards MAKOTO: sincerity, authenticity and reality.
“The way of harmony and sincerity”