Our Commitment to Anti-Racism, Anti-Discrimination and Inclusiveness
We live in a time of great pain, in our communities, our country, and around the world.
Recognizing that Black, Indigenous, Asian and People of Color, have endured, and continue to endure, racism and discrimination in many forms – we firmly denounce and stand against racism and discrimination of any kind.
We acknowledge the inherent privilege of many aikido dojos and practitioners. We are committed to doing the work to confront our own biases, as well as those in our communities — to educate ourselves, and to work to address racial discrimination and inequality in our communities.
We believe in a world where every person has the right to practice aikido free of sexual harassment, mistreatment, or abuse of any kind. We are committed to offering a safe space for all to train and develop themselves, through martial art training. We stand firmly committed to standing up and speaking out against sexual harrassment, misconduct, and abuse, wherever it is found.
A central tenet of Aikido training as well as many mindfulness practices found in martial art training, is the cultivation of insight into our “true nature” and what it means to be fully human. We are committed cultivating and embodying these insights in our lives and to serving others with compassion and care — for members of the dojo, and for those in our communities, near and far, around the world.
We affirm our dedication to inclusiveness, equality and respect: Membership in Mountain Coast Aikikai is open to all sincere persons with a willingness and commitment to work on themselves and walk this path together, regardless of level of experience, age, gender, race, religion, sexual preference or identity, or national origin.