In concept and strategy, technique of attack, defense and counter attack can flow one into another indefinitely and with unlimited response and application.
A practical strategy and natural instinct are essential when called upon to test the sincerity of one's practice.
Listed below are important reference points of practice to be thought out, practiced repetitiously and mastered over time.
As our Founder created the example before us, One must create and maintain a path of continuous study, self- development and self-refinement.
Presence . Assess . Ready
“Leave No Opening”
Footwork . Position . Direction
“Ready To Engage”
Form . Base . Free
Calm . Envelope . Explode
“Path Of An Echo”
Irimi (Enter) Commit . Cut . Thrust "Center To Center"
Engage . Spiral . Flow
“Attack Defense Become One”
Secure . Neutral . Cover
“One Move Both Move”
Release . Follow . Extend
“Leave No Opening”
Aikido helps one learn to maintain balance and stability, while at the same time foster flexible and fluid movement.
Mastering the above concepts are key to the practice and application of technique in attack and defense, reminding one to be sharp mentally and physically at all times and under any circumstance.
Understanding the relationship of partner practice and the practice and mastery of ukemi (falling) are mandatory for safety and refining one's technique.
The concept and physical application of irimi (entering), awase (blending) and kimusubi (matching) must be practiced mindfully with kimochi (Osensei's feeling) and timing of kokyu (breath).
All classes start with a rigorous warm up and end with a slow cool down to help one build stamina and mobility in the body, clear the mind and prevent injury.
In addition to attending regular Aikido classes, it is highly recommended that all members develop and maintain a daily exercise routine including range of motion, cardio and core work for overall health and well being.
Good health is to be considered one's most important asset and proper nutrition mandatory to maintain mental and physical fitness and the key to healing injury and illness efficiently.
Bukiwaza is the practice and application of armed technique and the key that opens the path to understanding the unarmed technique of Aikido taijutsu.
As bukiwaza is learned, practiced and skill developed, the feeling and application of technique becomes non-different and flows weapon to weapon, armed to unarmed or hand to hand.
Aikido bukiwaza is practiced and applied with bokken (sword), jo (staff) and tanto (knife), weapon to weapon and armed to unarmed.
Taijutsu is the practice and application of unarmed technique using combinations of strikes, controls, submissions and throws.
The postures used during taijutsu are tachiwaza (both partners standing), hanmi handachi (one partner kneeling/one standing) and suwariwaza (both partners kneeling).
Aikido is based on the practice of mutual cooperation at all times, hence sparring and fighting are not allowed during practice under any circumstance, however, as one develops technical skill and falling ability, the parameters of practice are adjusted accordingly to help refine one's skill set and practical application.