For longtime practitioners of aikido – or any martial art – aspects of the art tend to integrate into everyday life; it’s not limited to the dojo. In addition, most martial arts have a spiritual aspect as well as a physical one. In this excerpt from an interview at Windsong Dojo in Oklahoma City, Greg Ables, aikido & judo practitioner and 1997 USA national judo champion, interviews Jim Ellison about aikido and life in general. Jim discusses how he was led to begin practicing aikido in 1979 and how his aikido has evolved over the years and influenced his perceptions of energy flow, both spirituality and physically.

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