What is Aikido – beside a great physical activity training with wonderful people?
Aikido is a martial art, founded in Japan by Morehei Usehiba. It’s foundation is a mixture of traditional Japanese budo (warrior) techniques and the Founder’s deep spiritual belief.
Aikido’s relevance in today’s world is in the physical health and spiritual well-being of those who practice the art. Techniques are foremost a self-defense martial art. Training includes numerous exercise that focus not only on the physicality of techniques but also the mental and spiritual development that is hidden “inside” them. The later is usually discovered only after of years training.
Aikido training consists of the coordinated use of the whole body through controlled relaxation, flexibility and endurance. Training is suitable for people of all ages, which is a main reason for Aikido’s popularity.
The style and techniques taught at Yellowstone Aikikai can be traced directly to O’Sensei. This is because our lineage is through Mitsugi Saotome, who is the longest tenured (15 years) student of the Founder. Saotome Shihan held a close relationship to O’Sensei as a live-in student and remained with O’Sensei until his passing in 1969. Upon arriving in the U.S. Saotome Sensei founded Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU) and developed a network of dojo. Yellowstone Aikikai is privileged to be among these select schools.
Yellowstone Aikikai student’s training is overseen by ASU and have access to numerous activities throughout the year taught by ASU Shihan level instructors. ASU is a recognized member and affiliate of the International Aikikai (Tokyo Japan) which is the world wide governing body of Aikido. For more information visit http://www.asu.org.
Aikido techniques (waza) consist of throws, pins and movements as self-defense from attacks that include all manner of strikes, grabs and attacks. Students learn how to safely fall or roll to avoid injury from the techniques, known as ukemi.
More advanced training uses martial training tools “weapons” such as the wooden training sword (Bokken) and staff (Jo). It is difficult to describe Aikido in writing and to do the art justice. The best way to understand Aikido is to experience it. Stop by any of our classes to learn “first hand” what is Aikido.