At Naka Ima, our goal when practicing Aikido is in connecting through motion. Even during the continuous motion that happens as part of our Aikido practice, we try to focus on connecting with our own center, as well as connecting with our partner’s center. By making this connection, we become fully present in the moment.

By being in the moment, we are able to recognize the interaction between ourselves and our partner. Once this is established, an atmosphere of empathy is created. This feeling typically begins with empathy for our partners in the dojo during martial arts practice, and then eventually radiates outside the dojo into our personal lives.

Gradually we come to recognize that we are part of everything and everything is part of us. As this realization builds, antagonism and disunity begin to drop away. The result is peace.