Lt. Keith Braddy, chaplain aboard the USS Wasp, throws Petty Officer 3rd Class William Nguyen during an aikido demonstration aboard the amphibious assault ship at Sasebo Naval Base, Japan, March 21, 2019. (JAMES BOLINGER/STARS AND STRIPES)
Lt. Keith Braddy, chaplain aboard the USS Wasp, throws Petty Officer 3rd Class William Nguyen during an aikido demonstration aboard the amphibious assault ship at Sasebo Naval Base, Japan, March 21, 2019. (JAMES BOLINGER/STARS AND STRIPES)

Navy chaplain uses Japanese martial art in ministry aboard the USS Wasp

by James Bolinger
Stars and Stripes

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — Lt. Keith Braddy, the chaplain aboard the Sasebo-based amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, ministers to sailors and embarked Marines through the philosophy of aikido.

Braddy, who has been practicing the martial art for 25 years, said he started as a teenager in Elizabeth, N.J. Now, at 43, he is using those skills for the spiritual health of servicemembers aboard the command ship of 7th Fleet’s amphibious readiness group.

Aikido, a descendant of the traditional Japanese martial art daito ryu aikijujutso created by Morihei Ueshiba, spread to the United States after World War II. The practice is primarily taught as a defensive art, and the goal is to use the attackers’ momentum to defeat them.

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