« The sincere heart is the purest manifestation of the human spirit … »
According to Nofusa Hiraï, « Makoto is a sincere way of approaching life, with all one » heart, an attitude in which nothing is evaded or treated carelessly”. It is simplicity, honesty and perception of things as they are. It involves looking at oneself and the other, becoming aware of what is
being emitted or receiving.
From this mindset comes a healthy way of practicing, which will allow both partners to move forward with solid and realistic benchmarks. We can not clearly answer a scenario, whether with bare hands, jo or bokken, if the first movement is not given sincerely, and as far as possible, with a certain realism. attitude is more than necessary if we want to know and sharpen our reflexes.
Aikido training leads us to both health and discernment, but our progress will only lead to real realization if we develop the “makoto” state of mind. The spiritual content of Aikido should not be sought in a form or in a frozen technique. Without the right state of mind and intent, we will only discover the physical aspects of Aikido and the practice will soon be frozen and meaningless. This is true of all spiritual disciplines, our progress is roughly equivalent to the efforts made, but we must be able to cope worthily with what we learn from ourselves if we really want to continue on ‘the way’ .