Exploring the Contributions of Aikido to the Well-Being of the Seminarians
Keywords:Aikido, Well-Being, Seminarian
This qualitative study aimed to investigate the contribution of Aikido practice on the overall well-being of seminarians, focusing on their transformative learning experiences. The research design incorporated elements from Merriam's framework of qualitative research. In-depth interviews were conducted with actively participating seminarians, and the collected data were analyzed using categorical analysis. The study identified various ways in which Aikido practice contributes to seminarians' well-being across different dimensions. Physically, Aikido enhances fitness, body awareness, control, and balance and coordination. Mentally, it promotes mindfulness, conflict resolution, emotional regulation, and self-control. Aikido also supports spiritual well-being through the cultivation of mind-body connection, transcendence, and self-transformation. Additionally, it aids in emotional well-being by helping individuals regulate their emotions and manage stress. In terms of moral development, Aikido fosters moral reasoning and behavior. The findings of this study contribute to a deeper understanding of the transformative potential of Aikido for seminarians' overall well-being and provide practical implications for integrating Aikido into seminary training programs.
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