Aikido is a
non-violent Japanese art of self-defense that allows us
to confront conflict and agression with a spirit of
"loving protection," thus avoiding harm not only
to ourselves but also to those who attack us.
The Japanese characters AI-KI-DO can be translated
as "the path of spiritual harmony."
Unlike other martial arts,
Aikido does not use punches or kicks, nor does it rely on
physical strength. We do not block an attack, but
rather flow with it in a centered and circular
movement, leading it to its natural conclusion.
Sometimes the agressor is sent flying through the air
by the energy of his/her own attack, other times he/she
ends up pinned to the ground, unable to move.
is based on cooperation and mutual support, thus there
are no competitions or tournaments. We seek to
cultivate an atmosphere of caring and respect,
both among the practitioners and with the world
of Aikido leads us to discover and integrate ourselves
more and more as complete human beings, physically,
mentally and spiritually. It uncovers and nurtures our
innate qualities--vitality, sharpness of attention,
firmness of character and great self-confidence--as
well as teaching us to relate to our fellow human
beings on the basis of respect, trust and unconditional
their practice of Aikido for different reasons: self-defense,
physical fitness or because they are fascinated by its
philosophy. These are all good reasons to start. Often,
however, we find that we continue to practice because
of Aikido's "magic" and because it's fun!
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