One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice the Art of Peace. Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train. O-Sensei

ABOUT AIKIDO

Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art created by Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei) in the early 20th century. As the physical practice of philosophical principles developed by O-Sensei, aikido strives for the ultimate goal of peaceful resolution rather than defeat.  Aikido is more than the study of physical techniques; proper etiquette, attitude and behavior are also stressed. The aikidoist trains to apply various wristlocks, arm pins or unbalancing throws to subdue and neutralize attackers without serious injury. Such practice is done in tandem with learning the art of falling, or “ukemi”, which trains the body and mind to receive such techniques in a safe manner.

 

Aikido is not a sport and hence there are no competitive tournaments. Rather, by cooperative training, the Aikidoist betters his or her self without belittling others, without the intention of harm or fear of injury. As traditional Japanese budo, aikido maintains the qualities of martial spirit, effective technique and intense training. This, coupled with the premise of mutual respect and caring, and the important balance between attacker and defender, encourages the spirit of O-Sensei’s desire for universal peace.

 

BENEFITS OF AIKIDO

Practicing aikido leads to numeroius benefits, include physical improvements such as: 

 

  • improved conditioning and stamina

  • increased flexibility

  • better coordination and reaction time

  • greater balance

  • proper posture

  • effective self defense techniques

 

Practicing aikido also enhances many other aspects of one's life:

 

  •  increased self awareness

  • a calmer approach to life's challenges

  • stress reduction

  • improved self confidence

  • greater self discipline

  • belonging to a community of supportive and caring members

  • improved ability to resolve conflict