Aikido is the Japanese martial art of peaceful reconciliation, where neither the attacker nor the defender gets hurt. Created by Moreihei Ueshiba, or OSensei, the art uses circular movements and the extension of inner power, or ki, to redirect and blend with the attacker’s energy. Once blended, the attacker becomes easy to influence, and can be guided to a non-injurious, harmonious conclusion.

Just as the techniques in aikido can be used in response to physical attack, so the philosophies and principles can be brought to bear in dealing with any type of conflict: verbal, emotional, or mental. The principles of irimi, entering, and tenkan, turning, have enormous power when used with awareness and skill in any confrontation, regardless of the content.

In addition, aikido gives its practitioners supple bodies, clearer minds, and the confidence that comes from committed, disciplined training. Training with the highest martial ethics gives us the key to connection, ways to tap in to the infinite power of the universe, and the practice of responding appropriately to whatever situation life might present.

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Shin-Budo Kai Aikido
Kids Classes

I have been teaching the kids program for eight years now, and it!s one of the best things in my life. It is so much fun to watch the students hone their innate skills, and in many cases, far exceed their own expectations for themselves.

Cooperation and communication create confidence, and in the safe laboratory of the dojo, we can begin to stretch our understanding of who we are as individuals within a system. We can learn how to differentiate strength from power, how to center and ground, how to focus, and ultimately how to flow with grace and elan with the unseen forces all around us.

We can learn how to respond appropriately to whatever conflicts we might encounter on our paths, be they physical, verbal, or emotional.

Finally, we can learn how to be members of a community founded on respect. We can be a stand for each others' spiritual growth. We can work together to solve even the biggest problems. We can change the world.