Martial Arts training teaches one how to face the difficult circumstances of a life threatening situation. As the circumstance is so serious, the focus is to find the most efficient and effective means possible of dealing with it.
In that vein, one learns to protect themselves by minimizing harm to all others. Rather than hating those who threaten us, we learn to feel compassion for them, but still respond as sternly as required. This wholesome approach opens up avenues for us to find happiness as well as protect ourselves as efficiently as possible.
This section opens with an explanation of the basic building blocks of the underlying philosophy in the Aikido Blog articles. Then applications of the philosophy are seen by the examples set by many of the masters as they respond to various circumstances in training. Finally, videos of masters demonstrating these principles in their art can be seen in the lineage page.