What is Aikido?
Aikido is many things. Roughly translated from the Japanese it is “The Way of Harmony with the Universe”. As practitioners of a martial way we sometimes describe Aikido as the art of blending with conflict in order to bring about resolution, creating a form of practical, non-violent self-defense. Aikido is much more however, it is:
- A way of self-discovery and refining awareness
- An exploration of smooth natural movement and the deeper mind.
- Discovering and using Ki or Universal Energy.
- The fellowship of kindred spirits on a common path.
What can I expect to receive from my training?
Practicing aikido offers many benefits: A better state of health, calmness and focus, the challenge of learning something new in a supportive environment, centered and flowing movement, greater sensitivity to your Self and Nature and the ability to act appropriately in the face of conflict to name just a few.
What do I need to get started?
Commitment, a mind open to discovery and desire. We encourage students to acquire proper training clothing as soon as it is possible and to create a consistent time for practice.
How is the dojo organized?
Komyozan dojo is modeled in the way of many traditional schools or Ryu. A group of instructors of various levels of skill and duties is overseen by a Head master referred to as the Dojo-Cho. It is the role of the Dojo-Cho to direct and operate the Dojo as well as teach and nurture the growth of students. If you have any questions or comments about our Dojo policy, please speak directly to the Dojo-Cho.
I would like to know more about Aikido. Where can I find more information?
If you would like to know more about Aikido, the resources listed below offer a good selection of opinions, insights, background and clear information.
- Mastery – George Leonard
- The Spirit of Aikido – Kisshomaru Ueshiba
- Abundant Peace – John Stevens
- Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere – Oscar Ratti and Adele Westbrook
- Aikido and the Harmony of Nature – Mitsugi Saotome
- Aikido Yurusu Budo – Shoji Nishio
- Enlightenment through Aikido – Kanshu Sunadomari
- Shingon: Japanese Esoteric Buddhism – Taiko Yamasaki
- An Encounter with Oomoto “the Great Origin” – Frederick Franck
- Journey to the Heart of Aikido – Linda Holiday and Motomichi Anno
- Aikido : recherche du geste vrai – Gérard Blaize
- Maître Morihei Ueshiba: présence et message – André Nocquet
- The Spiritual Foundations of Aikido – William Gleason
- Aikido and Words of Power: The Sacred Sounds of Kototama – William Gleason
- Ki, a Practical Guide for Westerners – Will Reed
- Aikido Today Magazine (1987-2005)
- Aiki News/Aikido Journal (1974-2000)
Interesting and current discussion and blogs can be found at:
– some of the most interesting discussion prompted by:
– and in particular the first edition of this book:
- Hidden in Plain Sight – Ellis Amdur