"The secret of Aikido is not how you use your feet. It is how you use your mind."
Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido
Basic to all martial art training is the concept of Zanshin, or mindful awareness. A regular practice of meditation will greatly improve the student's understanding of what is termed "the nature of mind." All physical techniques ultimately reflect and rest in this state of present conscious awareness.
ASNJ students are given instruction in the principles of awareness and “just being”; and while only a small portion of class time is devoted directly to meditation, students are encouraged to develop a regular sitting practice of their own. Hand-to-hand self-defense techniques become a form of moving meditation.
Each Sunday morning at 9:00, a regular meeting of the meditation sangha takes place at the dojo in Roselle Park, led by facilitators who studied directly with Mr. Sluyter. Any member of the general public is invited to this Sunday morning sitting session free of charge.