Aikido is a Japanese martial art defined as the way to harmonize with the universal force of nature. It was developed by Morihei Ueshiba, a Japanese warrior and master of the arts of jujitsu, kendo (sword arts), and sojitsu (spear arts). O'Sensei ("Great Teacher") Ueshiba, survived great hardships and tragedies in his youth. His determination not to be defeated, or weakened, in life or battle led him to blend his martial training with his burgeoning spirituality. O'Sensei's developing spirituality led him to question the nature of traditional Budo. Though undefeated in battles with masters of other martial arts, O'Sensei questioned the wisdom of meeting force with force. Surely, he believed, someone bigger/stronger/younger could ultimately defeat even a great master of a martial art, thus rendering a lifetime's worth of dedicated work meaningless. O'Sensei understood that life's battles were many, both mundane and serious, and that victory in battle required that theindividual be developed, not just the individual's martial skills. It is only through developing the self beyond selfish, petty ambition, he concluded, that the individual is released to realize his/her full potential. O'Sensei believed martial arts training could be a means to fully develop and harness this potential. Sincere and rigorous training in the tactics and techniques of Aikido then serves two purposes: self-defense and individual growth.

The dynamic practice of Aikido requires the practitioner to move in a circular manner, with a strong center. One way to picture this is to consider the hurricane - the eye of the storm is calm, but circling around it are powerful winds. The essence of Aikido is for the practitioner to remain calm and to blend with an attack while adding one's inner power, or "ki", to the spherical motion. Blending with an attack and infusing one's own ki into it, and Aikido's spherical techniques, create a powerful dynamic that can decisively end conflict. In addition to the larger movements, there are also smaller movements that serve to deflect attacks and immobilize attackers. Both the larger and smaller movements of Aikido utilize the laws of physics to end physical conflict. The circular movements create centrifugal and centripetal forces. Others combine inertia, gravity and leverage to achieve the desired result. The Aikido practitioner combines all of these elements - the various forces, movements and techniques - within a framework of personal harmony with the natural world, to end conflict and achieve peace. These same concepts can be applied outside of the dojo, to conquer the non-physical obstacles in one's life.

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  • Uchi Deshi Program at Ki Aikido Dojo Rodgau, Germany From: Ki Aikido Dojo Rodgau posted on 14. Nov 2017, 09:52am URL: http://www.ki-aikido-rodgau.de/english/ At Ki Aikido Dojo Rodgau, Germany, the Uchi Deshi Program has been active since February 2015. There are currently 2 uchi deshi living and training at the dojo. Since the living area has been expanded recently, we can accept 2 more uchi deshi beginning in January 2018. Please see our website for a detailed program description... Submit an Aikido News Item

  • Cognard Shihan 8th Dan in Venice, Italy, December 2-3 2017 From: Andrea Debiasi posted on 11. Nov 2017, 07:50pm URL: http://www.aactg.it/images/aactg/pdf/2018/STAGE%20CognardMestre%202017%20engl.pdf "Accademia di Aikido e Cultura Tradizionale Giapponese" (AACTG) & “Kokusai Aikido Kenshukai Kobayashi Hirokazu Ryu” (KHR) are pleased to announce the Aikido Seminar conducted by Cognard André Shihan 8th Dan (Hanshi, Dai Nippon Butoku Kai) in Venice-Mestre, Italy, on December 2-3 2017. The seminar is open to everyone. All affiliations, levels, and juniors are welcome. Check out the: English flyer Submit an Aikido News Item

  • Michael Leung Sensei 50 Years in Aikido Anniversary Workshop From: Hong Kong Aikido Kan posted on 11. Nov 2017, 07:50pm Hong Kong Aikido Kan is pleased to present Michael Leung Sensei,6th Dan Aikikai, 50 Years in Aikido Anniversary Workshop to be held on Sunday, 12th November 2017 from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm at Function Room 1, 2/F Queen Elizabeth Stadium, 18 Oi Kwan Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong. The Workshop will be a celebration of Michael Leung Sensei's 50 years'dedication to the development of Aikido in Hong Kong. Michael Leung Sensei is the direct student of Kenneth Cottier Shihan, 7th Dan Aikikai, and was the former chairman of the Hong Kong Aikido Association. He founded Hong Kong Aikido Kan in 2006 as a full time Dojo dedicated to the promotion of Aikido in Hong Kong. Michael Leung Sensei's lifelong philosophy is to "Realize Aikido", applying the philosophy and principles of Aikido in one's business career and daily life. He will share and reflect on his 50 years' studies and experience in Aikido at the Workshop which will include instructions and an Embu. All Aikikai members are welcome to join and the Workshop will be free to all Aikikai members subject to acceptance of application. Aikikai members joining the Workshop must bring their jo, bokken and slippers to the Dojo. All participants are responsible for their conduct and safety for others in training. Hong Kong Aikido Kan will not accept any liability or any claim on injury and loss of property on attendance. Please apply for attendance before Wednesday, 8th November 2017 and arrive the Dojo for registration by 2:00 pm. Hong Kong Aikido Kan reserves the right of refusal to any application. To apply for attendance please email: aikidokan@biznetvigator.com. Submit an Aikido News...

  • Hironobu Yamada Shihan 8th Dan Aikikai passes away From: Michael Leung posted on 17. Oct 2017, 07:43am With great regrets, Hong Kong Aikido Kan reports on the passing of Hironobu Yamada Shihan, 8th Dan, Aikikai, on 15th October, 2017. Yamada Shihan was the Founder of Hokuso Aikikai and Hokuso Aikikai Holland, and Technical Director of Hong Kong Aikido Kan. He was also a distinguished Shihan of the traditional martial art of Katori Shinto Ryu. Yamada Shihan began his Aikido career in 1963 at the Jiyugaoka Dojo under Hiroshi Tada Shihan, 9th Dan Aikikai, and has studied under Tada Shihan for over 50 years. Yamada Shihan established his first Dojo, the "JAL Aikido Club" (Japan Airlines Aikido Club) at Narita Airport in 1976. He founded the Hokuso Aikikai un 1983 and was also Shihan of the Yachimata Aikido Association. Yamada Shihan dedicated his life to the growth of Aikido both in Japan and internationally. Yamada Shihan taught extensively in Asia and was the Technical Director of Hong Kong Aikido Kan. In Europe, Hokuso Aikido Holland is an affiliate of Hokuso Aikikai and Yamada Shihan trained thousands of Aikido practitioners with the Russia Aikikai. He had close ties with Dojos in China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Peru and other countries. Our deepest condolence to his family, loved ones, friends and students. Submit an Aikido News Item

  • Shinjiro Yokoyama in Houston, Texas - Oct. 20-22, 2017 From: Jorge Garcia posted on 2. Oct 2017, 11:20am URL: http://www.shudokanaikido.com/modules/xoopsfaq/index.php?cat_id=21 Shudokan School of Aikido invites all affiliations of Aikidoka to enjoy training with under a wonderful teacher from Tokyo,Japan. Yokoyama Sensei trained exclusively under Hiroshi Kato, 8th dan for two decades. He is a young man who has internalized the teachings of Hiroshi Kato along with his own understanding of this art through his own training and pursuit of this art. Our Seminar will be from October 20-22, 2017 and will be held at the Samurai Martial Arts dojo at 17111 Kieth Harrow, Houston, Texas 77084. Bring a bokken and Jo because we will also be covering Kato Sensei's unique weapons system for advanced aikido movement. For more information,call Jorge Garcia at 281-630-0361 Submit an Aikido News Item

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