In our world, which is a part of our universe, there is violence. Thunderstorm and floodwater, earthquake and tidal wave, hurricane and tornado and fire destroy the beauty of nature.
To harmonize with nature's violent character is not easy. Many men and women have meditated for years, but only a precious few, like O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of aikido, have attained this harmony.
When the Founder's son, the Second Doshu Kisshomoru Ueshiba, came to Hawaii a few years ago one of the students asked Doshu, "What is the most important thing in aikido?" Doshu's reply was, "Kokoro." The Founder once said, "In aikido we must reconstruct our character (kokoro)."
Today Nuuanu Aikido Club members are honored to have Doshu Kisshomoru Ueshiba here with us to help celebrate our 30th anniversary. Doshu will conduct classes at our seminar to guide us with his lectures and aikido technique, and lead us to become one with nature and to harmonize with its violence and beauty.
The members of Nuuanu Aikido Club will follow the teaching of O-Sensei and his son Doshu. Through the hardship of the discipline required in aikido training, by learning to take ukemi and understand and harmonize with the character of each of our training partners, we may be able to understand the violence and beauty of nature itself.