It has been about 18 months since we have gathered on the mat. In order for us to once again be on the mat and to continue to be able to gather to practice Aikido we must adjust to the realities of our world. We must continue to take care of our partners with new perspective, care, and diligence. In the nage / uke relationship nage takes care to not put uke in danger while uke agrees to keep themselves from harm by reacting accordingly. It requires respect on both parties. The senpai / kohai relationship grows from that respect as does the Sensei / deshi relationship. This must also extend to our community, neighborhood, city, state, region, nation, etc. With this understanding and knowing that our world is changing rapidly, we must adjust accordingly, we will begin class again with a few new requirements.
For the first few weeks class will be open only to current dojo members. We will evaluate and open to new students as we feel we can do so safely.
Regular Monthly Dues $85 Disounts for Family Groups
In the practice of Aikido we engage and embrace those who would attack so that we may better understand and re-mold the action of the conflict. In this way we actively choose to include the attacker in creating a solution to the conflict rather than destroying the attackers offering. It is difficult to create a supportive community if we destroy those who conflict with our own ideas.It is equally difficult to embrace that which we fear and disrupts us. Through our training in Aikido we learn to maintain a calm center as we step into the chaos of conflict. It is from this centered, not fear based position, that we can begin to constructively engage with the conflict at hand. Here we can begin to re-mold the conflict into a constructive addition to our community.In this way we create a stronger more harmonious community.
Aikido teaches us to engage without judgment.It shows us how to frolic in the middle of chaos. Able to move freely about it is easier to find the place where we fit in.The place where we are safe and can begin to work the problem at hand.Whether being attacked with a sword or with words the Aikido student strives to stay calm, move to a safe place to better understand and begin to work with the energy. Coming from a safe and centered place we can then begin to develop technique, to work out a solution.
Training in a traditional martial art such as Aikido or Karate-do is not about learning to fight.It is easy to learn to hurt, break, or destroy.It is in the martial struggle that we explore a way of bettering ourselves and thereby bettering our community.We are challenged to use our learning to avoid the destruction and violence.We learn to respect each other as we train, helping each partner to grow.This strength built up in our inner world allows us a more positive, fearless, engaging, and constructive reflection to the outer world.The art of Aikido challenges us one step further to not fight or compete with but instead blend with to do as little harm as possible while creating an organic solution that supports creation over destruction."katsujin ken"The life giving sword".Through training in traditional martial arts the inner strength we develop means that when we are attacked verbally we are not in fear and so do not respond with vulgarity and profanity. Instead we open the door to dialog.This is a step toward a more civil society.
In our practice with jo we develop our understanding of spacing and timing. We practice body movement that is the basis for much of our empty hand technique.