Descended from the Japanese samurai tradition, it is a radical reformulation of that tradition, seeking not only victory over others in battle but reconciliation, harmony, and, in its founder’s words, “the loving protection of all beings.”
What Is Aikido
What is Aikido? This art of peace was developed in the 20th century by Master Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). Master Ueshiba spent many years studying the Japanese arts of sword, spear, staff, and Daito-ryu jujutsu, which later became the foundations of aikido movements. Ueshiba was deeply concerned with matters of the spirit. Love is the guardian deity of everything. Aikido is the realization of love.” For founding and developing aikido, Morihei Ueshiba received the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Japan’s most highly esteemed award.
As a martial art, aikido aims at neutralizing an attacker’s energy rather than inflicting harm. Typically, the aikidoist moves toward the attacker and slightly off the line of attack, turning so as to blend, become one with, the attacker’s energy. From this position, many outcomes are possible. The aggressor can be thrown to the ground or held in a neutralizing joint-lock. The aikidoist is taught to use minimum force and always to seek reconciliation. When properly used, aikido is an exemplary self-defense form, and the masters of the art are among the finest masters of martial arts in the world.
Aikido is much more than a physical art. It is a way of life that teaches the mind-body-spirit principles of grounding, centering, relaxing, blending, timing, intuition, and positive ki flow. New students can soon experience aikido informing almost every aspect of their lives. Sincerely and patiently practicing the art can result in increased physical, mental, and emotional balance, alertness, and calmness, as well as greater harmony with self, others, and the natural world.
Aiki Jujutsu, “The Gentle of Art of Harmony” was founded nearly a thousand years ago and taught only to the feudal lords, high ranking samurai, and ladies in feudal Japan. With a very rich culture and highly detailed techniques, Aiki Jujutsu proved itself worthy of becoming one of the most challenging yet effective martial traditions of Japan to train martial arts-perfect for kids.
Today, there are several styles of Aiki Jujutsu still in existence. They range from Classical to Contemporary. Here at Kazoku, we teach a contemporary form of Aiki Jujutsu. Beginners are introduced to basic rolling, falling, proper body alignment, & entering movements. On an advanced level, students will be introduced to the more intricate joint locks, controls, and throwing techniques of the art. Advanced training will also include swordsmanship.
Through the study of Aiki Jujutsu, students will learn to master the most dangerous adversary of them all — themselves!!