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To the new students of Aikido
I would like to personally welcome you to Wadokai Aikido. The study of Aikido is an exciting one, and can become a lifelong journey, not only in perfecting physical technique, but in applying the principles of Aikido in your daily lives. I wish you well in your studies, and welcome you wholeheartedly into our Aikido 'Ohana', or family.
I share a common goal with my teachers, who were great masters. Although given titles of masters, grandmaster, or great masters, these truly great men all considered themselves to be merely students of the Universe, of the Way, or of the Divine Spirit. Their quest was to become a great 'student'. Searching for further understanding to become masters only of their own egos, and becoming one with the Universe was foremost in their learning - thus, they truly became great masters in the eyes of others.
Studying under these great teachers has provided me with inspiration, much-needed wisdom, humility, insight, and guidance towards attaining these goals. Developing and achieving excellence in our character, and always remembering that the essence of our individual ideal and philosophies, combined with the teachings of O'Sensei, is the key to our study, will eventually lead us to the Path of achieving 'satori', or enlightenment. It is my sincere hope that you, as I will find this quest rewarding.
With Love and Oneness,
Roy Y. Suenaka Soke
Founder and President, American International Ki Development and Philosophical Society