About Aikido - a Martial Art from Japan.
Sensei Hiroshi Tada|
Shihan 9th Dan Aikikai
Uke: Sensei Yoiji Fujimoto
Shihan 8th Dan Aikikai
'The Way of Harmony'
Aikido was founded by O'Sensei Morihei Ueshiba and diffused after 1950.
It is the result of an entire life dedicated to the study of many
traditional martial arts, merged into a new direction; goal of the
founder of Aikido, was to create a world of peace and awareness, and
Aikido is the method to achieve this target. Today, these disciplines,
which are grounded in the ancient Samurai's techniques support a modern
training for a personal growth according to the laws of nature.
A typical Aikido lesson starts with an exercise called 'Sei Za' in
which the students sit and relax trying to concentrate. Then the teacher
and students perform a salutation called 'Rei', a specific series
of warm-up exercises called 'Aiki Taiso' and a breathing technique
called 'Kokyu' which closes this first part of the training.
After this first part the teacher demonstrates the Aikido techniques
which the students have to watch carefully and try to repeat. These
techniques are always carried out together with a partner. Every student
must always consider his/her partner as a friend helping him/her
improving mentally and physically, and not as an enemy. This is an
important point in Aikido that creates a peaceful and harmonious feeling
during the lesson. Aikido is not just a way to understand 'how to make
a technique effective', but it is a particular training method that
helps you reaching the 'Mu-Shin' the 'Non-Mind-State'
principle, state in which techniques rise spontaneous, transforming