What does Mumonkan Aikido Club emblem mean?
Thus, the figures of a circle, a triangle, and a square, united in one picture, have a strong and deep symbolism – a Man who transforms the Universe studying and using Aikido techniques, becomes more perfect.
The triangle on the club emblem symbolizes the man and conveys the meaning of a solar sign, which is masculine, fiery, and vital. In a classic triangle there lies divinity, spirituality, intelligence and love. This and one more symbol – the ascending triangle – reflects evolution, development, and striving upwards. Namely the triangle is chosen as the central figure in the emblem of the club, as the Man is the base of all bases. The man perceives the inner world, as well as outer world through himself.
The circle symbolizes the sky. This is a world that knows no boundaries – like a spiral or a circle, leading to infinity. It is a symbol of perfection. The emblem shows two circles – external and internal. The first represents an unknown world, everything that is outside of our consciousness, the second – all that we see and feel – the Universe.
The square symbolizes the material world. It is the earth, fire, water, and air. The square is also the symbol of firmness and order. Material world, which is an integral part of human life, is represented by three squares, which are stylized like iris leaves. Three squares in the emblem represent a sign of three-dimensional perception of the world around.
Why does the emblem of the club show iris?
Aikido is a Way.
"The Great Way has no Gate;
There are a thousand paths to it.
If you pass through the barrier,
You walk the Universe alone".
(Mumonkan. The Gateless Gate).
All images in the emblem go to a single point, to the center. All roads lead to this point, smoothly curving and invariably directing into it, into infinity, to a unique gate without gate. Not only roads, but questions also lead to these gates. At the same time, "the true answer is a correctly understood question". The Universe itself is the unasked question. But when we deeply understand what the universe is asking us about, we already do not need the answer.