FROM CHAPTER 3
Breath as Spiritual Purification: The Forms of Misogi
Although many of the basic techniques of aikido have their roots in older martial arts, some of the most important movements are derived from the misogi
exercises of Japanese Shinto. These exercises are often used to warm up for practice, yet they were originally spiritual practices in and of themselves. They were used for the purpose of misogi
, or spiritual purification. The first of these are funakogi
and furitama. Funakogi and Furutama
Deguchi Wanisaburo spoke of the significance of funakogi in this way:...