First Do No Harm

Aikido randoriIn my younger days, studied Aikido for a dozen years, and taught both kids and adults. Aikido translates to “Way of Harmony with the All Life” It’s a non-violent defensive martial art. In other words, first, do no harm. And through practicing Aikido I learned that it’s really the only effective way to deal with conflict. That is to make sure that I don’t allow no harm in my space: do no harm and let none be done to me.

In Aikido, there are countless metaphors about life “off the mat”. Most importantly, that Aikido is about non-violence. In other words, first, do no harm. You can read about one such experience on the dance floor here.

No Violence, Know Peace

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