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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  • Feb 17, 2018: Aikido Shugyo with Collings Sensei, East Hanover NY From: Jason Mallia posted on 15. Jan 2018, 04:48pm URL: http://www.aikidocenters.com/html/ContactUs.cfm Shugyo - Training of the Spirit - Join with Aikido 6th Dan Tom Collings Sensei on Saturday February 17 (1-4 PM) at Aikido Centers - East Hanover 55 Eagle Rock Ave, East Hanover, NY 07936 for a day of seated meditation, standing meditation, moving meditation and sound practices just as O-Sensei did in his daily life. Cost of the Seminar is a $30.00 mat fee. Submit an Aikido News Item

  • 2018 Kagami Biraki Promotions List From: Jun Akiyama posted on 14. Jan 2018, 12:47am URL: http://www.aikikai.or.jp/pdf/suisen/h30.pdf Aikikai Hombu Dojo has just released its 2018 Kagami Biraki promotions list. Congratulations to everyone listed! Are there any names you recognize and would like to congratulate? Submit an Aikido News Item

  • February 9-11th 2018 Michael Friedl Shihan 7th Dan in Calgary From: Andrew Barron posted on 14. Jan 2018, 12:47am URL: http://www.calgaryaikikai.com Calgary Aikikai is excited to welcome back Michael Friedl Shihan of Aikido of Ashland, Oregon. Friedl Sensei will be teaching from February 9th to 11th, 2018. All styles and arts are welcome to train and learn with this master instructor who has been practicing aikido for over 45 years. For information see www.calgaryaikikai.com Submit an Aikido News Item

  • Meido Moore & John Mazza in Chicago, Feb 9-11, 2018 From: Kristen Radtke posted on 1. Jan 2018, 02:03am URL: http://www.shinjinkai.org/kangeiko-signup Meido Moore Sensei (6th dan) and John Mazza Sensei (6th dan) will lead Shinjinkai's annual Kangeiko, winter training seminar, in Chicago. All are welcome. Info and registration at www.shinjinkai.org. Submit an Aikido News Item

  • Kyoichi Inoue (10th dan, Yoshinkan) Passes Away From: Jun Akiyama posted on 24. Dec 2017, 03:38pm I have received word that Kyoichi Inoue (10th dan, Yoshinkan Aikido) has passed away. Born in 1935, he started training at the newly founded Aikido Yoshinkan in 1955, becoming uchideshi under Gozo Shioda. He taught metropolitan police officers as a martial arts instructor from 1970 until 1994. Inoue became the second director of the Yoshinkan in 2002. He received his 9th dan from Shioda in 1992 and his 10th dan in 2009 from the International Budo Federation. My condolences go out to his family, friends, students, and loved ones. Submit an Aikido News Item

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