“There are no contest in the Art of Peace. A True Warrior is invincible because he or she contest with nothing”
-O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba
Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art derived from Aikijitsu. The Art employs throws, joint locks, striking and more.
The Aikido student strives to develop a strong sense of timing and learns to blend with his opponents, using their force against them. In fact, Aikido’s literal translation is “Way of Combining Forces”
While the body may be weak due to small size or old age, the mind can be powerful and continue to grow strong. Physical strength alone isn’t the goal of Aikido. The Aikido practitioner self-defense skills remain viable despite limited size or strength and often will continue to improve as they age.
Aikido practitioners often learn the Sword, Jo and Bo Staff. This is considered an important part of training.
There are many interpretations and styles of Aikido. Each with a different approach. What the more common systems teach seems to of moved away from the devastatingly effective techniques of the Ancient Samurai and now focus on a flowery, softer method which is philosophically based.
While Aikido is considered a peaceful art, the throws, joint locks and pins Aikido employs, are effective for self-defense. These methods originated from the old days of ‘true’ combat. Aikido became highly philosophical and ‘flowery’ as the founder aged and struggled to keep his Art alive in post world war 2 japan.
Few people know but after the 2nd world war U.S. forces banned most Martial Arts practice in Japan.
We teach the more Ancient Self-Defense version of Aikido. This works well with our Total Warrior Concept. Aikido concepts are essential for certain aspects of self-defense.
In addition, many of our other Arts do not feature techniques or methods to control without always severely injuring, Aikido provides us those tools when/if we need them.
We Love the principles of Aikido and believe in the philosophy of the Founder when he said, “True victory is victory over the self.”
Aikido techniques are quite relevant and powerful. We believe these methods are best employed when a student is cross-training in our other Arts and has developed an ability to handle ‘Pressure’ and ‘Stress’ well.