The Circle, Square, and Triangle of Aikido

O-Sensei was fond of saying that the foundation of aikido is based on 3 fundamental geometrical shapes; Circle, Square, and Triangle.  What do these shapes have to do with our aikido training?  O-Sensei made both literal references (citing the Kojiki and other mythical and mystical sources) and symbolic references that were often open to wide interpretation. These shapes find their source, in both Buddhism and Shinto beliefs, as the Sangen, the Three Eternal Origins.  Sangen has varied esoteric symbolism depending on the specific sources but Sangen is sometimes referred to as Mind, Body, and Spirit, manifested as, where Hi is Breathing in (the breath of the earth (yin)), Fu is breat

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