The peaceful art of self-defense

Why do adults train in Aikido?

  • Great strength is not required, in Aikido you use the strength of your attacker against them.
  • This is an art for a civilized world, your goal is not to injure people you practice to control attackers.
  • No competition, you are not practicing a sport you are always practicing self-defense.
  • Calming feel to class leaves you relaxed and centered.

    There is no sport element to Aikido, you practice for personal improvement. No competition. You are not matched by size.  There is no such thing a weight class in Aikido.  You practice the same techniques on people with various builds.  The format of class allows you to be in control of how it is practiced based on your conditioning.

    You are never out to hurt people. You are always training to protect yourself, not training to injure your attacker. We use joint locks and body throws to direct an attacker to the ground, instead of trying to uses strikes to injure the attacker.

    Aikido focuses on using timing and leverage to control attackers instead of strikes. 

    We teach a dynamic and satisfying martial art that does not feed violent tendencies.  Students develop a clear mind and relaxed nature while developing effective self-defense skills.

    Our techniques use the entire body, providing a toning and stretching workout that does not seem like exercise.  Following class most students often comment on feeling refreshed and relaxed.

    Class principles provide students with a means of dealing with conflict and stress in their daily lives.  Students develop skills for staying calm and centered along with a heightened sense of balance and awareness


    What is Aikido?

    Aikido is a Japanese martial art.  Aikido's most unique feature is its method of controlling attackers without causing permanent injury.  An Aikidoist blends with the movements of an attacker compromising balance and directing an attacker to the ground. 

    Developed from techniques of the Samurai Aikido uses a combination joint locks, nerve strikes, throws, and grappling.  Aikido develops the ability to manipulate body and mind of the attacker to control without injury.  Aikido offers a unique system of self-defense that uses timing and movement instead of strength to overcome attacks.  The ability to control attackers without injury has made the system a favorite among law enforcement.



    History of Aikido

    Aikido was founded by a man named Morihei Ueshiba, called O Sensei (''Great Teacher''). O Sensei was born in 1883 in the Wakayama Prefecture of Japan. O Sensei studied under masters in many traditional martial arts (jujitsu, kenjitsu, etc.), eventually becoming an expert at a number of styles of unarmed and weapon combat.  O Sensei studied religion and philosophy with the same dedication as his martial training.

    The unique insight of O Sensei resulted in the evolution of the traditional aggressive martial arts into a gentle system.  His new martial art was not just a method of fighting, but a means of being a better person.

    O Sensei continued to practice and teach until shortly before his death at age 86.