What is Aikido?
Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as “the Way of unifying life energy” or as “the Way of harmonious spirit.” Ueshiba’s goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury.
Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical strength, as the aikidōka (aikido practitioner) “leads” the attacker’s momentum using entering and turning movements. The techniques are completed with various throws or joint locks. Aikido can be categorized under the general umbrella of grappling arts.
What is Suenaka Ha Tetsugaku-Ho Aikido?
In 1976, Sensei Roy Suenaka established his own organization called the American International Ki Development and Philosophical Society (AIKDPS). The organization promotes the ki development and philosophical aspects of aikido while maintaining a realistic and effective execution of aikido techniques (waza). Suenaka synthesized his waza from the best of Shin Shin Toitsu aikido and Aikikai.
Suenaka-ha Tetsugaku-ho aikido means “Suenaka style, philosophical way.” Equal emphasis is placed on physical and personal betterment. A direct student of O’Sensei, Suenaka Sensei incorporates all of O’Sensei’s teachings in his style, combined with his extensive experience in real-world self-defense. The result is a martial art that is “street effective” yet respectful of all living things, conducted in a dynamic, joyful and welcoming atmosphere, without conflict or machismo.
Aikido Is A Practical Martial Art for Self Defense.
Suenaka-ha aikido is a defensive martial art where focus is given to reactive techniques aimed at avoiding strikes, escaping from grabs, holds, and chokes. Aikido is different from other martial arts where you are trained to meet force with force.
Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical strength, as the aikidōka (aikido practitioner) “leads” the attacker’s momentum using entering and turning movements. These techniques includes various throws or joint locks. Aikido students develop strength, balance and flexibility of both body and mind. Because aikido techniques do not rely on physical size or strength to be effective, it is ideal for men and women of all fitness levels.
Aikido Is A Philosophy
Aikido (Ai- “Harmony” Ki – “Spirit” Do – “Way”) is called the Art of Peace or the way of spiritual harmony. The founder of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba O’Sensei believed that the “true nature of a warrior was the loving protection of all things”. The principles of harmonizing with conflict can serve you on and off the mat. Many students find that the study of Aikido becomes a way of life and a way to relate to and resolve conflicts in their everyday life. In fact the principles of Aikido have been used as a business development tool to improve employee performance.
Aikido Is Ki Development
Suenaka-ha Tetsugaku-ho aikido includes the study of ki principles for the purpose of unifying the mind and body. Ki is simply energy that exists everywhere in the universe. There is nothing “mystical” or spiritual about ki. Anyone can develop their ki energy through regular practice. Ki development is a combination of specific physical movements and mental state of mind. There are four basic principles which form the basis of ki development. The basic principles; Keep One Point, Relax Completely, Weight Underside, and Extend Ki are practiced in combination with specific exercises to promote calmness and power in the mind and body which enhance the execution of aikido techniques. Many people also find that these four basic principles are beneficial in their daily activities.
Learning Aikido Is Fun!
Aikido offers you the chance to get out and move around freely and shake off the confines of the home or office. It offers you a safe place to meet people and make new friends. We have a great time on the mat as Aikido is a very up close and personal art, in practice there are alot of funny things that happen while working out. Classes don’t seem to end without some random belly laughing. Students also have the option to travel to special events and seminars with other dojos. Wadokai Winter Camp and Summer Camp are a great way to add friends to your Aikido circle. As with most organizations there are often other planed and spontaneous events held outside the dojo.