Aikido focuses on self-defense. Students learn to move with rather than against attackers, take them off balance, and control or repel them with throws and pins. Dedicated training builds the skills to both perform and receive martial techniques with power and fluidity.
Aikido is full body exercise that builds strength, stamina, flexibility, agility, balance, and coordination. Regular practice leads to a strong, stable body structure and smooth, powerful movement.
Students learn to stay calm and focused under pressure. Aikido has been referred to as “Zen in motion” because of its meditative qualities. It fosters improved attention, self-awareness, and emotional stability, and it can eventually lead towards spiritual enlightenment.
Sometimes called “The Art of Peace,” Aikido’s philosophy can be used to overcome personal and social struggles in everyday life. Aikido principles of resolving conflict through harmony, awareness, and balance are applicable both on and off the mat.
Aikido brings together people interested in cultivating themselves and their relationships with others. Our dojo is a community of people from many different countries, cultures, and walks of life, all training together in an environment of mutual trust and respect.