Seishin Aikido

General information about Seishin Aikido and its practice.


The Way of The Mountain Stream


“The Tao is the breath that never dies. It is a Mother to All Creation. It is the root and ground of every soul – the fountain of Heaven and Earth, laid open. Endless source, endless river, river of no shape, river of no water, drifting invisibly from place to place . . .  it never ends and it never fails. The sage’s way, Tao is the way of water.”

Sei Shin Do

The ideogram for the word “Seishin” conveys the image of pure, clear water running down a mountain. Seishindo Aikido implies that in our practice of Aikido we follow the movement of the mountain stream, The Water Way. In our joining with this stream, we come to know the nature of water and learn from it the art of Aikido.

It is the nature of water that it will assume the shape of whatever form it encounters while remaining forever formless in itself. Water is the epitome of non-resistance. In its coursing flow it will bend and adapt to whatever it encounters. Thus by following the natural order, water overcomes that which would oppose its natural flow.