Of course, without thinking, most people will tell you that Aikido is a martial art, and it really is quite understandable that it got put into this category. If you’ve any interest in Roman mythology you’ll probably already know that a ‘martial’ art is de facto an art of war (from ‘Mars’ the god of war), and sure, both Aikido and Verbal Aikido help us deal with the ‘wars’ that people manifest both internally and externally. But I ask you: can this art, whose proclaimed intention is “to unify the world in love and harmony”, really be considered as ‘martial’?
Indeed, anyone who has gone just a little further than the mat, knows how much Aikido’s founder, Morihei Ueshiba, insisted that “budo is love” and that Aikido was a means for people to live in harmony. Hmmm, there’s definitely something amiss here, because no matter how I look at it, I can’t seem to make the founder’s philosophy stick with any idea of war.
“So if it’s not a martial art, what is it then?” I hear you, I hear you. Well, let me see now, what if, instead of categorising this art based on a god of war, we could find some sort of ‘god of love and harmony’, to be more in line with O-Sensei’s vision for Aikido…
So Venus was known as the goddess of love, and anything pertaining to Venus was ‘venusian’, hmm, I guess you see where this article is going now…
So will you? Will you help us promote Aikido, and Verbal Aikido as venusian arts instead of martial arts? It may take some time to catch on, but it’s hard to disagree that it makes more sense!
Peace out Venusian-style 😉