“The techniques of Aikido change constantly; every encounter is unique, and the appropriate response should emerge naturally. Today’s techniques will be different tomorrow. Do not get caught up with the form and appearance of a challenge. Aikido has no form – it is the study of the spirit.”
— Morihei Ueshiba
(Founder of Aikido)
Aikido is the creation of Morihei Ueshiba, commonly known as O’Sensei (great teacher). Although he was a reknown martial artist, having studied and mastered many martial arts (Jujutsu, Judo, swordsmanship), he came to the realization that fighting for its own sake was futile and created Aikido as an answer to the need for peaceful conflict in the post-World War II era.
Aikido does not primarily rely on kicking and punching nor does it seek to meet force with force. Often using evasion techniques, throws, and submission moves, the aim of Aikido is to neutralize conflict by using the opponent’s energy, movements, and intentions by way of matching, redirection, and blending. While it can be practiced as a stand alone art, it is also great as a supplementary martial art for those who also practice sport/sparring arts like BJJ, Judo, wrestling, Karate etc. We highly recommend cross training in a live sparring art, if fighting effectiveness is your main goal.
Staying true to its core tenets of nonviolence, students learn through repetitive practice and positive reinforcement. Therefore, Aikido can be safely, and enjoyably, practiced by men, women and children of all ages. Globally, there are several schools of styles, including both competitive and non-competitive forms.
However, the ultimate aim of Aikido training is not solely the acquisition of physical skills, (since it includes a study in force vectors, footwork, timing, and adaptive body mechanics), martial arts training is a vehicle to learn more universal principles. The process of Aikido training is really one of self-exploration, development, and transformation in order to respond appropriately and compassionately to the obstacles that we may encounter in life.
Interested in joining but don’t know where to start? Check out these options we offer!
Due to COVID19, we are currently not accepting beginners into the dojo but a course is being developed for it as we speak. If you are someone who has experience in Aikido and would like to join the dojo, please take a look at our COVID Onboarding Course which is a required course introducing the dojo protocols for training at the LIA. Once completed, regular COVID policy adhering classes will begin for your group.
We highly recommend you try a class before you commit to signing up. This way you can see if Aikido is right for you!
Our 5 week Introduction to Aikido course is the perfect way to get your feet wet! This 1 hour and 15 minute course, held quarterly, is designed to provide you with a strong beginner’s foundation in armed and unarmed Aikido techniques. The $59 sign up fee includes a free uniform. Next session begins: Saturday, April 4th, 2020 @ 3:00pm.
Looking for something fun to do with a group? Schedule us for private group classes! We’re available for corporate team building events, bachelor parties, stunt choreography training, group dates, or birthday parties—give the gift of experience!