New to Aikido, or know someone who might be interested? Beginners are welcome to any class. When you come for the first time, simply wear loose fitting clothing and come 15 minutes before class time to speak with the instructor. Special beginner classes are also available periodically throughout the year.
Aikido is a Budo (martial art) created by Morihei Ueshiba. Aikido is often translated as the way (do) of harmony or love (aiki).
The goal of Aikido training is not perfection of a step or skill, but rather improving one’s character according to the rules of nature. One becomes “resilient” inside yet this strength is expressed softly. Movements found in nature are efficient, rational, and soft, while the center is immovable, firm, and stable. This principal of a firm center is universally consistent — and must be true for each person. The culmination of Aikido is expressed by aligning one’s center with the center expressed throughout nature.
Aikido movement maintains this firm and stable center with an emphasis on spherical rotation characterized by flowing, circular, dance-like motions. These pivoting, entering and circling motions are used to control and overcome the opponent. The principle of spherical rotation makes it possible to defend one self from an opponent of superior size, strength, and experience.
Although Aikido movements are soft, rational, and smooth as in nature, by applying a bit of force,these can become devastatingly effective. The gentle quality of Aikido makes it appealing to men and women and children regardless of age. It not only offers spiritual development but also provides exercise and teaches proper etiquette and behavior.