Aikido Auckland Seishinkan Values

Integrity

To have integrity is to be whole and undivided, with no part in opposition to another. When our thoughts, speech and action are all in accord and truly expressive of our whole being we are in integrity. If not, we experience a fracture in our being which drains us of power and leaves us feeling incomplete, inauthentic,  and weak.
Integrity gives us a sense of realness, personal power and self-esteem. It is being true to ourselves and allows us to experience ourselves as whole and real.

Excellence

Something is excellent when it serves its purpose completely. An excellent object or action is experienced as empowering, healing, energising, enlivening, calming, and/or in other positive ways that add something to life.
Excellence is a matter of fulfilling your function in being alive.

Commitment

Commitment is putting intention into action. It is making sure something is done, without fail.
Commitment requires doing whatever is necessary to realise an objective and holding no possibility other than that it will come to pass. Any obstacle is met with intelligence and action that overcomes the obstacle.
Commitment moves us through obstacles to our goal.

Responsibility

Being responsible is positioning ourselves at the source of a condition which has arisen, is arising, or which we intend to arise. No matter what may have happened in the past, when we take responsibility we become the source of what is and what comes to be. Neither a moral issue nor a burden, taking responsibility is simply placing ourselves at the root of the matter.
Our power over any condition lies in taking responsibility for it.

Courage

Courage is the ability to do something that frightens you.
To fulfill our commitments we will sometimes be faced by challenges, either externally or internally, that we are unwilling to face. We are courageous when we maintain the course we have set despite the desire to recoil from these challenges. It is not foolhardiness, recklessness nor pandering to our ego.
Courage is doing what is right with awareness and acceptance of the consequences.

Clarity

Being clear is acknowledging what is simple, present and true, and making precise distinctions in what is and what is not. To be effective we need to be clear about what is actually happening in the world around us, as well as what our purpose is and how we are going about achieving it.
Clarity is a commitment to experiencing and acknowledging the truth.

Respect

Respect is giving due regard to the beings, objects and situations that we meet in life. Manners and etiquette must be outward expressions of an inner sense of appreciation of the innate value of other people, objects and the environment.
A respectful attitude counteracts selfishness and encourages greater clarity as to the qualities of others and the world around us.