Meaningful Practice

Aikido is not practiced solely for the purpose of learning how to perform effective defense techniques. The real meaning of Aikido lies in extending the principles of Aikido into every day life. Aikido techniques exist for the purpose of giving you a context within which to practice self-observation and improvement. What is the real problem being addressed in Aikido practice The real problem is fear and anger and the spiritual isolation and alienation created by fear and anger. When the...

Policy On Bloodborne Pathogens

Every once in a while, someone will get scratched during practice and bleed. We have adopted a policy to minimize the risk of transmission of HIV, Hepatitis-B, and other blood-borne diseases. It is important to realize, however, that current medical evidence suggests that the risk of transmission of HIV during the type of body contact that occurs in Aikido training is extremely slight. Organizations such as the NCAA and the U.S. Olympic Committee have concluded that persons infected with...

Attendance Attendance Cards

Aikido of Columbus has classes six days per week and a supervised free practice period on Sunday. You may come to any or all of the classes for your monthly dues. When you register, you will be given an attendance card. It has safety information on it as well as spaces for recording your practice hours (which you will need for rank testing). When you pay your dues each month, the instructor will note that on the card. Each time you come to practice, pull your card from the box, check off the...

The Nature Of Technique

A difficulty that often arises for beginners is the nature of kata and the meaning of Aikido defense techniques. Kata is prearranged form, and most Aikido practice is kata. Practicing a kata with a partner means that there is an agreement about what the attack will be and what the defense will be. It means that the attacker has agreed in advance to lose. However, the attack and the defense must still be sincere and effective. If either is empty form without sincere combat intent, the practice...

Aikido

Non-violent self-defense Non-competitive movement practice Compassionate conflict resolution Mind body awareness and integration Relaxation and good exercise Beautiful flowing movement Fun AIKIDO is a modern Japanese martial art especially suited to the needs of today. It is a non-violent form of self-defense and a discipline of mind body awareness and integration. Aikido defense techniques consist primarily of joint locks and throws and are based on receiving the attacker with compassion and...

Memoir Of The Master By Morihei Ueshiba Creator Of Aikido

From Aikido, Kisshomaru Uyeshiba, Hozansha Publishing, Tokyo, 1963. Ai harmony or love Ki energy or spirit Do path As ai (harmony) is common with ai (love), I decided to name my unique budo Aikido, although the word aiki is an old one. The word which was used by the warriors in the past is fundamentally different from that of mine. Aiki is not a technique to fight with or defeat the enemy. It is the way to reconcile the world and make human beings one family. The secret of Aikido is to...

General Terms

Aikido the path to a harmonious spririt Kiai a shout in which or by which one's energy is Bushido the way or code of the warrior Jitsu or jutsu techniques or practices Bujitsu the study of fighting techniques Samurai from the verb meaning to serve The warrior Hara the lower abdomen. The center of energy & Haragei the cultivation of Hara Kotodama meditation on the sounds of Japanese Zanshin continuity of concentration, alertness, remaining prepared for the next attack Shin mind or heart Shi...

Aikido of Columbus is part of the Columbus Center for Movement Studies

The school established by Paul and Peggy. Aikido is one of the body and movement awareness disciplines taught at the center. The other disciplines focus on different aspects of movement and self-awareness, and it may be of interest to you to see how Aikido fits into the bigger picture. Some Aikidoists find that participating in these other movement classes or in private lessons improves their movement abilities and furthers their Aikido practice. People come for body and movement awareness...

Defenses

The defenses are designated by naming the attack and then the action which constitutes the defense. Thus the name of one complete Aikido tehnique is Ushiro Katatetori Kubishimi Koshinage. Irimi entering in a straight line There are six take down-and-pin techniques Ikkyo (kote osae) Number one technique. (arm pin.) Nikyo (kote mawashi) 2. Inward wrist twist. (wrist turning.) Sankyo (kote hineri) 3. Vertical wrist twist. (wrist twist) Yonko (tekubi osae) 4. Wrist pin, using pressure on the nerve....

Head Instructors

Aikido as an art is subject to a broad variety of interpretations and approaches. When you enroll in an Aikido school, it is not Aikido that you are studying but the particular undertanding of Aikido that is the vision of the instructors at that school. Paul Linden and Peggy Berger are the chief instructors at Aikido of Columbus. With their broad background in movement practice, Paul and Peggy bring to their Aikido instruction a deep understanding of the relationship of the biomechanical,...

Aikido As Physical Exercise

In order to improve physical condition, an overload exercise must be employed, that is, some exercise which places a greater than normal stress on the body. Aikido offers the opportunity to get good physical exercise, but for safety and effectiveness you have to know your limits and pace your practice to fit your needs. Aikido practice can be gentle and mild or very vigorous and strenuous. If at any point during practice or after it you feel dizzy or nauseated, you have been practicing too hard...

Dojo Participation Meetings

Aikido of Columbus is a community of Aikido practitioners, and we share the tasks involved in creating and maintaining the dojo. There are a number of committees which focus on various areas of dojo life. These include committees on PR, lending library, seminars, parties, and sales. You are welcome to join committees and your participation would be very much appreciated by all. We hold periodic dojo meetings to discuss the workings of the various committees. In addition to discussing various...

Development of Aikido

Morihei Ueshiba pronounced Moh-lee -hay Oo-way-she-bah was the creator of Aikido. To his followers today, Ueshiba is known as O'Sensei, which means Great Teacher. O'Sensei was born in 1883 and died in 1969, so Aikido is one of the modern martial arts. Master Ueshiba began his studies of the martial arts shortly before 1900. He studied a number of styles of jujitsu, spear work and sword work, and was deeply influenced by the Shinto religion and the Omoto Kyo sect. In 1911 he encountered Sokaku...

What A Typical Aikido Class Is Like

There are many many combinations of attacks and defense techniques to practice. Underlying that practice is the study of body awareness and movement and the study of conflict and harmony. Every Aikido class is different, but there are some typical patterns that you will experience in all the Aikido classes. Each class will start with warm ups of some kind. Different instructors will have different warm up routines, but there will always be some slow stretching to get the body ready for more...

Aikido Vocabulary

You don't need to be fluent in Japanese to practice Aikido. You don't need to memorize the following vocabulary, but you will hear these words in the practice. Over time the words will seep into your memory, but having a vocabulary sheet will help you become more comfortable with Aikido practice. The pronunciation of Japanese words is very simple in that any word in the language is made up of one or more short syllables which are generally given equal emphasis. The consonants of Japanese are...

Common Questions About Aikido

Aikido is completely new for most people, something unlike anything they have ever done in their lives. Most people have questions and anxieties about beginning Aikido. Most of the common questions have simple answers. 1 What kind of shape do I have to be in Aikido practice can be tailored to meeting your needs and abilities, so you don't have to be in good shape to start. 2 Do I have to be big and strong to do Aikido No, Aikido techniques depend on softness and efficiency of movement, not...

Six Directions Breathing

The Six Directions Breathing exercise is a way of practicing the skill of relaxing and balancing your whole body. It is a way of bringing your inner core into relation with the outer world. Sit in an upright posture, either kneeling or sitting cross-legged on the floor, or sitting on a flat chair without touching the back. If you are sitting cross-legged or on a chair, use a towel roll for pelvic support. Ask Sensei for help in sitting in the balanced, strong posture that this breathing...

Do I have to speak Japanese or memorize a lot of Japanese vocabulary

There are Japanese practice terms that are part of Aikido, but they will gradually seep into your memory as you hear them over and over again. 9 How long does it take to get a black belt It may take around six years. However, it really depends on how often you practice, how athletic you are, and whether you are ready to deeply examine your movements. Everyone should practice at their own pace, and the black belt will come when it does. 8 Can I use Aikido to defend myself Aikido...

Feudal Japan

The Japanese martial arts were developed by the samurai, the professional military caste in feudal Japan. This class came into being in the tenth century. At that time, Japan was ruled by an emperor and court aristocracy, and they employed the warriors in their political struggles. As time went on, the samurai came to hold the real power in Japan, and in the twelfth century they set up the shogunate, a military dictatorship which lasted with a break of three years in the fourteenth century...

Stretching

The following page shows the basic stretching routine we use at the dojo. The first thing to think about in doing these exercises is that they are not for stretching but for releasing and relaxing. Stretching implies a forcing or tearing of the body, and the use of force against the body is a very un-Aikido idea. However, we will call these exercises stretches just because that is the common term. Each posture focuses on a specific part of the body. By paying attention to the sensations that...

Centered Movement

Aikido Basic Stance

Aikido is about moving and being Centered. You will hear a lot about this, but some basic ideas will help you understand this key Aikido concept. There are two basic aspects of centering practices, emptying out and filling up. Emptying out is the process of letting go of rigid patterns. Filling up is the process of enlivening the mindbody with relaxed strength. Emptying out is releasing energy blocks, and filling up is energy extension. The basic stance in Aikido is hanmi the half-body or...