Maruyama-sensei is one of the most respected Aikido teachers in the world. Jones-sensei first met Maruyama-sensei in the late 1970's in Wales. Following a period of many years during which Maruyama-sensei was unavailable, a connection has again been established, and Shugenkai is now honored to call Maruyama-sensei our teacher. There is a biography of this truly special individual at the Aikido Yuishinkai web site.
Koretoshi Maruyama-sensei founded Aikido Yuishinkai to promote universal values and principles of peace throughout the world. Students from all styles of aikido are welcome to train. Friendship with other dojos is encouraged in keeping with the harmonious spirit of Aikido. Aikido Yuishinkai is truly ‘Aikido without boundaries’.
I am mind itself.
If I hold positive thoughts in my mind, good things are likely to happen.
Holding negative thoughts in my mind works against my best interests.
Therefore, even if my body suffers physically, my mind remains optimistic.
Even if I encounter obstacles, my mind is never defeated.
Daily I fill my heart with thoughts of joy, gratitude and hope.
I face each new day with a bright and optimistic spirit,
which I express in word and deed.
I have faith in life, and life responds in kind.