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Morihei Ueshiba, O Sensei, founder of Aikido


“I want considerate people to listen to the voice of Aikido. It is not for correcting others; it is for correcting your own mind.”

— Morihei Ueshiba

 

Aikido -"The Way of Harmony of Spirit", is a Japanese system of self-defence created by Morihei Ueshiba (1883 - 1969).

To those unfamiliar with this gentle, non-aggressive Martial Art, Aikido teaches the principle of yielding, that the softest things can overcome the hardest. Aikido is performed by blending with the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing the force head-on. This requires "leading" the attacker's momentum and completing the technique with a throw or joint lock.

By its very nature, Aikido is suitable for men, women and children as it does not rely on physical strength for its effectiveness. Through regular training, students learn to harness their inner strength to overcome others who may be physically much stronger. This requires both a commitment to peaceful resolution of conflict whenever possible and a commitment to self-mastery through Aikido training. A student learns to do this by harmonising with his or her training partner.

Historically Aikido takes the joint locks and throws from Jujitsu and combines them with the body movements of sword and spear fighting.

Aikido differs from most other Martial Arts in that it does not teach attack and there are no fighting competitions.


WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

  • Get a different view on conflict resolution

  • Improve self-confidence

  • Improve balance & posture

  • Learn to fall safely

  • Develop social awareness

  • Effective self defence

  • Physically -Improve Muscle toning, Joint integrity and breathing efficiency.

  • We provide a safe, family friendly training environment with experienced and conscientious instructors.

 


Resources

Aikido related websites:

NZ Organisations

We recommended:

Kyu Shin Do Aikido North Shore
- Aucklands North Shore at Albany

Kyu Shin Do Aikido Hibiscus Coast
- Auckland's Hibiscus Coast at Silverdale

Riai Aikido Association
- Dojos throughout the country

Koshinkai Aikido Dojo 
- Central Auckland

Aikiway Aikido
- Dojo
 in West Auckland

Affiliations

NZ Aikido affiliations:

Institute of Aikido New Zealand
- Our Parent Body

The Aikido Association of New Zealand
- Representing aikido in New Zealand

New Zealand Martial Arts Institute
- Representing legitimacy and credibility in New Zealand Martial Arts

Aikido Club Links

Other clubs of interest:

Aikido Kenkyukai International in Austalia

Institute of Aikido (UK)
- The home page of the Institute of Aikido in theUK.

The Hut
The birthplace of Aikido in the UK .

Slough Centre Aikido Club

Broadland Aikido Club
- Lowestoft & Bungay, Suffolk.