What is Aikido?
Aikido, “the path of Aiki,” is a modern Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba and his successors. Aikido is performed by blending with the attacker’s motion and redirecting its momentum using entering and turning movements rather than opposing it using physical strength. The techniques are completed with various throws, submissions, or joint locks.
It derives mainly from Takeda’s Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu but began to diverge from it in the late 1920s, probably due to Ueshiba’s commitment to resolving conflict without harming the opponent. As Ueshiba slowly separated from Takeda’s approach, he also began to implement more changes into the art of Aikijujutsu, finally leading, mainly due to the influence of his son Kisshomaru to develop the art of Aikido. His Aikijujutsu changed: training in striking or jujutsu techniques became less important, and the formal curriculum became more straightforward with a greater emphasis on fundamental principles and what is now referred to as kokyu nage, or “breath throws” which are soft and blending, utilizing the opponent’s movement in order to throw them. Nevertheless, many of these techniques are rooted in the aiki-no-jutsu portions of the Daito Ryu curriculum rather than the more direct curriculum of joint-locking techniques.
Nowadays, Ueshiba’s senior students and their successors have different approaches to Aikido, depending partly on when and how long they studied with him and what other martial arts they have been exposed to. Today Aikido is found worldwide in many styles, with broad ranges of interpretation and emphasis. However, they all share techniques transmitted from Takeda through Ueshiba, and most styles have a deep concern for the well-being of the attacker.
We practice Aikido according to the ethical, technical, and philosophical principles transmitted by Hirokazu Kobayashi through his successors. We understand that Aikido is a practice that has no religious significance or sectarian structure but introduces individuals to an ethical dimension which can be summarized as follows: to be connected with the other and to put ourselves at the center of a conflict instead of rejecting it.
Our founding principles are a technical alignment to the Buikukai style of Kenzo Egami shihan and Jiro Kimura shihan, a democratic approach to club administration, a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, and a commitment to respectful and safe training.
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Currently a 3rd dan black belt and a shidoin (instructor) certified by the Aikikai
Assistant Professor in Political Science at Chapman University.
PhD in Sociology and a Master in Political Science.
Research and discovery in sociology of Martial Arts.
Assistant coach in Aikido at Chapman University