Aikido Auckland Seishinkan Values


Integrity is the state of being whole and undivided with no part opposing another. When our thoughts, speech and action are all in accord and truly expressive of our whole being we have integrity. We experience ourselves as whole and real, generating personal power and self-esteem.


Something is excellent when it serves its purpose completely. An excellent object or action is experienced in positive ways that add something to life. Excellence is a matter of fulfilling our function in being alive.


Commitment is putting intention into action, ensuring something is done with no possibility other than that it will come to pass. Any obstacle is met and overcome with intelligence and action. Commitment moves us through obstacles to our goal.


Our power over any condition lies in taking responsibility for it. Being responsible is putting ourselves at the source of a condition which has arisen, is arising, or which we intend to arise. Taking responsibility is simply placing ourselves at the root of the matter and, consequently, what is and what comes to be.


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. Courage is doing what is right with awareness and acceptance of the consequences.


Being clear is acknowledging what is simple, present and true. 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 is giving due regard to the beings, objects and situations that we meet in life. Manners and etiquette must be expressions of a genuine appreciation of the innate value of others. A respectful attitude counteracts selfishness and encourages greater clarity as to the qualities of our world and its occupants.