who are we?

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.


  1. …and then there’s people like me. Combative, not exactly, but hippie? I could be considered earthy, but then again, I like working outside. 🙂

    Our dojo (not to be confused with other dojos) is a very diverse crowd. If I were to add to the conceptualization of “who we are” collectively, I’d be hard-pressed to even generalize us that much. It’s part of the reason why i come back—-contrary to what one might think, I’m personally not always easy to get along with, as I’m complex and much in my own head. When I am training, especially recently, I’m very focused on Aikido and try and not get distracted by other natural “people things.” We all have these little quirks and proclivities that generally, bring to the table the ability to see how others deal with their challenges and successes while around others as we focus on a common goal: Aikido.

    Which brings me to believe what we might not have in common we make up for in the desire to move ahead in our own areas of our lives as we train, and get better each time we enter and exit the dojo.

  2. Lonnie on

    The most refreshing behavior I have noticed is that for the most part students at our dojo have have one shared focus, and that is to see to each other improve. That is the number one agenda, you walk on the matt with a willingness to learn and accept that it will probably take you longer than you think to replicate specific techniques.

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