Morihei Ueshiba, O'Sensei
Morihei Ueshiba, O’Sensei

Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art, which had its roots in Daito-Ryu Aikijujitsu. The Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, O’Sensei, transformed the Aikijujitsu form into what can be a flowing, subtle, mysterious and dynamic Martial Art form. It the current form, Aikido promotes mind and body coordination, awareness, physical conditioning, calm mind, sincerity and self-defense all in one package.

Aikido dynamics takes many years to develop, and may not be for those who expect instant gratification, when it comes to the self-defense part of the art. Although through continuous sincere training a student will gain self-confidence and possibly a different view of the world around him or her.

The training methods are usually very traditional, and training is very similar in all Dojos (Schools), but styles such as Tomiki aikido have a more sportive approach in the Judo manner.

The dynamics of Aikido, allows the Defender (Nage or Tori) to deal with an Attacker ( Uke) in a way that gives the Defender the choice of doing damage to an Attacker, or turning the confrontation into something less violent and controlled.

The ability of the Defender to use the Attacker’s energy along with the relaxed, blended energy of the Defender, makes for a splendid self-defense form, that can be used equally well by either men, women, or children with equal skill.

The ranking will follow traditional Japanese Martial Art lines, with the below black belt ranks going from 10th Kyu to 1st Kyu, and the Black Belt or Dan ranks from 1st Dan to 10th Dan. The color of belts in the Kyu ranks depends solely on the discretion of the Sensei (teacher) or the Affiliation that they might belong to.

Traditional weapons that are taught, are the “Jo”, a four foot long short staff, and the “Bokken” or wooden sword, and the “Tanto” or knife.

The weapons are taught in conjunction with the open hand forms, to help teach the students correct body positioning, and movement.

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