Welcome Aikido into your life!
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· Study the Movement and Philosophy
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· Connect With Others
· Challenge Yourself
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What is Aikido?
Founder: Morihei Ueshiba (O'Sensei)
Fundamentally, Aikido is the "way of the spirit of harmony". However, the word "Aikido" can be translated as the "way of blending energy", or the "path of unity with the fundamental force of nature".
Aikido is a true budo or martial art way that evolved in the historic tradition of Japanese warrior arts. Studied in earnest, budo is more than a science of tactics and self defense. It is a discipline of perfecting the spirit of the practitioner
Aikido is a purely defensive art based on the principle of active non-resistance. Rather meeting violence with reciprocal violence, the aikidoka (practitioner) learns to evade and re-direct the power and energy of the attack resulting in the attacker being unbalanced and subsequently either projected (thrown) or immobilized (pinned). Thus, it is the attacker's own force and momentum which ultimately neutralize the aggression. Since the aikidoka never meets force with force, the techniques can be effectively applied even with larger, stronger attacker or (at the higher levels of the art) with multiple attackers. While all traditional arts emphasize defense, Aikido stands alone in that its highly developed standard of ethics are manifest in the techniques themselves. Great emphasis is placed on using the minimum amount of force necessary to neutralize an attacker's will and desire to fight, while simultaneously seeking to protect the assailant from the more extreme consequences of his own violence..
Aikido is a paradox: it is an extremely effective form of self defense but it is also considered by many to be a path of peace and reconciliation. Don't forget that the Founder, O-Sensei arrived at this deep state of understanding only after many years of rigorous, martial training; it would be extremely presumptuous to think that we can start where he left off! So, Aikido is a path of peace or a martial art? The answer is, if it isn't both, it is neither.
Aikido is non-resistance. As it is non-resistant, it is always victorious."
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