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A common stereotype of the martial arts is of the rugged macho type with swaggering gait. But a display of bravado is evidence of ignorance concerning real budo and is, in fact, a childish attempt to conceal a lack of confidence. Those having true knowledge of budo are relaxed in bearing; they even give the impression of being soft and gentle. Those with confidence in budo never swagger or brag, and their demeanor is always pleasant and joyful. Outwardly they manifest gentleness; inwardly there is great strength. In daily life they are unpretentious and modest, and their actions are natural, never forced. They show themselves as they are, living life naturally and spontaneously. This is the picture of the true student of the martial arts. When such people gather for Aikido practice, the atmosphere is indeed naturally pleasant and joyful.

                                                                                                        Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba

Kagami Biraki, New Year Celebration
2022

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