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According to a (non japanese, but he spent lots of time in Japan) Aikido teacher I know, this is supposed to represent "an obligation bounding student and teacher".

To be honest, I am a bit skeptical. I know that this is the starting part of the name of a specific "Kata" in Iwama Style Aikido (see here for an example) but I wonder if there is some other "esoteric" meaning or figure of speech that I am missing.

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I did not know the word, but according to web search, I think that 気結び is an Aikido (合気道) terminology to describe the feeling of unity with the teacher, other students, and dojo itself. 気 (ki in Aikido) is a word used in Aikido which means something like “spirit.” 結び is the noun form of 結ぶ, which is a verb in daily use and means “to tie together.”

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Thanks! But I am a bit surprised about you saying that 気 or (氣) is an Aikido word. It may not be used much in secular talk but it comes from Chinese philosophy and especially Daoism, and as such it surely predates Aikido by centuries. –  p.marino Aug 25 '12 at 13:59
    
@p.marino: Perhaps you should put these kind details in the question to get the answer you are looking for? –  Tim Aug 25 '12 at 14:31
    
@Tim? I know what "Ki" means - but I didn't know what 気結び means. I am just surprised to see "ki" labelled as an "Aikido word". And I really don't see what "detail" should add in this case. –  p.marino Aug 25 '12 at 15:11
    
@p.marino: Hmm, maybe calling 気 an Aikido word was misleading. As you said, this usage does not originate in Aikido. I edited the answer, which is hopefully better wording. –  Tsuyoshi Ito Aug 25 '12 at 16:58

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