The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.
Wanting to become stronger than everybody else has no meaning.
There are no contests in the Art of Peace. A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing. Defeat means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbor within.
Het gaat er niet om wat jij met Aikido doet, maar wat Aikido met jou doet.
It is not important to be better than someone else, but to be better than yesterday.