The Significance of the Kamido Aikido Insignia

The Kamido Aikido insignia, a tree planted by a stream, is a symbol of character and derives its significance from scripture.

“1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” (NKJV Psalm 1:1-3; also see Jeremiah 17:7-8)

Clearly, God’s word is telling us that we, who exhibit godly character, truly receive the abundance of God’s blessings. We do not follow the advise of the ungodly, neither do we stand in agreement with them nor sit in association with them (v.1). Instead, we have an insatiable desire to know and to do all that is revealed in God’s word (v.2). We could be likened to a sturdy tree, deeply rooted in fellowship with God, constantly nourished and invigorated by the Spirit, yielding godly works and remaining confident in the faithfulness of God (v.3). All that we do within this close relationship with God will succeed (v.3).

By contrast the ungodly do not fare so well.

“4 The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.” (NKJV Psalm 1:4-6; also see Jeremiah 17:9-10)

They lack godly character, and prove to be unstable under pressure (v.4). In the final judgment they will have no defense for their choices, they will not partake of God’s reward (v.5). The LORD guides the godly along their way, but He curses the ways of the ungodly. (v.6).

A fitting example of godly and ungodly character is seen in the sons of Jacob, recorded for us in Genesis 49:1-33. Here, Jacob’s last words to his sons were both prophetic (v.1) and a blessing (v.28). It is especially pertinent to consider Jacob’s words to his favorite son, Joseph.

“Joseph is a fruitful bough, A fruitful bough by a well; His branches run over the wall.” (NKJV Genesis 49:22)

Joseph had depth of character (a fruitful bough), he remained faithful to godly principles under pressure (a fruitful bough by a well); his godly character impacted many far and wide (His branches run over the wall).

The Kamido Aikido insignia is intended to symbolize the continuing development of godly character. To develop godly character we must grow in the knowledge of God, become rooted in fellowship with Him through faith, and, “…add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (NKJV 2 Peter 1:2-8)

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