Not that classifying things is healthy and I hate putting labels on things, but I was talking to a friend the other day about Aikido and he asked me what the people in the dojo are like. Right off the bat I couldn’t really think of anything except for the standard, “The people are really nice,” bit, but that’s as descriptive as I got. It made me think though. Aikidoists (in general, of course, and I speak only for the dojo’s that I’ve seen) aren’t really hard-core, ground-and-pound, competitive, machismoesque martial artists. Although we tend, as a group, to lean a little more spiritual than most, we’re also not “leave-the-body-behind” monk-like folk. After thinking about it for a while, I came to the conclusion that our group could possibly be somewhat described as rugged yoga type people. Although many of us don’t know a thing about yoga, Aikido is said to be a moving meditation, like yoga. Lets face it, we’re kinda hippyish and earthy. We’re overall in pretty good health. Throw in the rugged part being the martial side of it, and I think it kind of fits. As I said earlier, as a crowd, we tend to be somewhat spiritual and somewhat rough. Plenty of us like to go out on the mat and mix it up, but most of us would draw the line if things were getting too combative. I think it’s a good mix.