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Chief Instructor

M. Rock Lazo
Shidoin - Godan

 

Instructor

Steve Miller

Dojo Cho - Sandan

Steve Miller, Nidan Test

What is Aikido?

The name Aikido can be divided into three Japanese words:

Ai - harmony
Ki - spirit
Do - path or way.

Aikido can thus be described as The Way of the Spirit of Harmony.

Martial Arts are studied for self-defense and self-improvement.

Aikido differs from many other martial arts because practitioners seek to defend themselves without causing serious injury to their attackers.

The basic movements of Aikido are circular in nature; whereas, most attacks are linear. Aikido harmonizes with aggressive attacks rather than confronting them. Aikido converts the energy of conflict into a circular motion that renders attackers unbalanced so they may be pinned or thrown. Instead of using potentially crippling locks or hard strikes, Aikido applies various wristlocks, arm pins or unbalancing throws to neutralize aggressors without serious injury.

As Aikido is rooted in prevention of serious harm, techniques can be practiced at full speed and power with minimal fear of injury.

Traditional styles of Aikido do not have a sporting element, as was the intent of Aikido Founder, Morihei Ueshiba (O Sensei). There are no competitive tournaments or contests. An Aikido practitioner uses his/her training to better themself as a whole person.

The non-violent circular nature of Aikido is used to train not only the body, but the mind and spirit as well. Aikido is the youngest of the traditional Japanese martial arts, merging the martial past with a modern perspective. Aikido is focused on ethical principles and can be practiced by men and women, both young and old.