What is Aikido?
Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art founded by Morihei Ueshiba, O’Sensei, meaning; great teacher. Essentially, Aikido uses the energy of an attacker against themselves and in proportion to, or addition to it as a means of neutralizing the attack and gaining control of by the attacker by means of throws, joint locks, or pins. Aikido, as practiced here at the Mushin Ryu Aikido Dojo, infuses the art with various other striking arts that include; parries, blocks, and strikes such as kicks and punches, along with dealing with armed attackers of various kinds.
“Be like Water My friend” – Bruce Lee
Our philosophy is most akin to that of the late great Sifu Bruce Lee of Jeet Kune Do, whereby he took what was useful from many different styles and discarded what didn’t work. He applied this ideology to his base foundation of Wing Chung, Chinese boxing, he learned under Sifu Ip Man, ultimately forming Jeet Kune Do, the way of the intercepting fist.
“The Art of Peace does not rely on weapons or brute force to succeed; instead we put ourselves in tune with the universe, maintain peace in our own realms, nurture life, and prevent death and destruction. The true meaning of the term samurai is one who serves and adheres to the power of love.” -Morihei Ueshiba
People train in Aikido for many reasons. Chiefly due to the art not requiring one to be of great physical size and strength, nor of young age, and without weight limitations for the art to be effective and efficient; so in a way it is limitless, and it is for everyone! No matter who you are, you can learn Aikido at practically any stage of your life!
What Will You Learn?
Though the path is a lifelong journey, as Sensei, I can only point the way, it is up to the student to walk the path. You will learn a practical, efficient and effective methods of both unarmed and armed self-defense. What you will grow in is a good physical condition, mental strength, and stamina,
Along with your physical martial training you will also receive the principles of the art, the Tao, or Do in Aiki-Do, that points to the more spiritual and philosophical sides of the “Way” or path by being encouraged to read varying eastern philosophical texts such as; “The Art of Peace” based on the teachings of the Founder Morihei Ueshiba, and to practice Meditation, or to “sit”. Every great martial artist who sits, will gain vastly in his depth of knowledge of the art. Aikido will help create balance in your life and help you experience more peace, calm and serenity as you become more finely tuned to living in the “now”
While there are strong ties between martial arts and Zen, it should be noted that Mushin Ryu has no religious affiliation and that people from all religious beliefs train the art. Zen can be considered more of a philosophy or viewpoint that a student can use to aid his martial arts development.