Aikido may be translated as "the way of harmony with universal energy." Budo (martial arts) are often misrepresented as fighting. In reality, the Japanese character for budo represents the stopping of swords, or peacemaking. In our Aikido program we continue with the original concept of peacemaking and harmony -- allowing students to enjoy a life of peace from a foundation in this traditional martial art. Developing self-control and self-discipline, the ability to focus and concentrate, listening skills and the ability to follow directions, independence and leadership skills are all part of this program.
Aikido is both an excellent form of physical exercise and self-defense. The study of Aikido technique teaches smooth, balanced, and coordinated movement in a non-competitive, cooperative atmosphere. During classes and training sessions students strive with one another to refine their movements and further their understanding of Aikido principles. The practice of Aikido combines the training of the mind, body, and spirit in a single unified discipline.
Is Aikido for you?
Yes! As with any complex activity, different people find Aikido attractive for different reasons -- physical fitness, self-defense, personal growth, confidence, etc. For many people, the most valued dimension of their study is to be found in the way Aikido lifts them beyond exercise and techniques toward a life of greater clarity and equanimity.
What is an Aikido class like?
A newcomer to an Aikido class will notice the special atmosphere -- both welcoming and formal. Since Aikido is an ancient and formal Japanese discipline, traditional etiquette forms are an important part of Aikido study. Classes begin with students bowing first to the dojo (practice hall), and then to sensei (teacher). Classes consist of warm-ups, basic movements, concepts of Aikido, and Aikido techniques (including weapons) with partners. Classes end with a bowing ceremony.