WHAT IS AIKIDO
Stability training in Tai no henka
AIKIDO is a highly rewarding discipline for the body and mind. It uses Japanese martial
forms and strategies in its training. It is the legacy of the late Morehei Ueshiba
(1883- 1969), who was a great contemporary martial artist and thinker.
On a PHYSICAL LEVELaikido involves control based at our anatomical and energetic
centre (Hara). Effortless manipulation of an opponent, using micro and macro
avoidance technique and balance taking provides efficient self defence
capability via a myriad of throws and joint locks. Kicking and
punching is not generally used.
On a MENTAL OR SPIRITUAL level aikido teaches us how to develop our ability to manage
innate focal capability and concentrate . One learns, at will, how to harness this and
act skillfully under the most trying circumstances. This mental toughness is conducive
to the pursuit of EXCELLENCE and the SUCCESS, HEALTH, CONFIDENCE and WELLBEING
such skilling induces
There are many styles of aikido. Some are "traditional", some "modern" and other
competitive. All styles strive for excellence "within" and harmony "without".
The more challenging practice one undertakes the greater is the ability to
perform at an elite level.
Aikido takemusu training develops traditional aiki empty hand, bokken
(wooden sword) and jo (staff) technique. The micro and macro avoidance
and control strategies employed in Aikido Takemusu practice, together
with strong grips and attacks develop sustained concentration and "ki".
In aikido the term "ki" describes our life force and any level of its latent
potential we can harness via mental intent. Aiki is the expression of this
will in bodily action. TAKEMUSU AIKI is the perfect and spontaneous
expression of this MIND and BODY UNION.
TAKEMUSU TEACHERS AND
DOJOS IN MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA
Copyrightę 2001 Barry Knight