What is Aikido?
Aikido is a martial art in which we harmonize with the energy of conflict, and leading this to a better place. It is a gracious and non-competative art. It contains many principles that benefit our quality of training ánd daily life.Through training body-mind-heart it increases our potential for a more consious and awake life.
The practice of Aikido has roots that go back to the ancient techniques of samurai as well as the internal arts of China.
It cannot be said to be offensive or defensive, hard or soft, but rather it is responsive and proactive, capable of being what the moment requires.
Aikido primarily emphasizes the principle of non-resistance and harmony.
Aikido is a Budo (Martial Way) in the sense that it is a way of personal and spiritual development. As such, it is not a sport and it is non-competitive. Training should always be a cooperative engagement where partners train with each other and not against each other.
The Founder of Aikido defined Budo not as a way of war, but as a way of ending war, a way of reconciliation, love and peace. To move from conflict to harmony, or even transformation.
The principles and philosophy attract many people to its practice, but it must never be forgotten that it is through constant training of body and mind that the apparent paradox of Budo is realized. All the techniques fully embody these principles if we open ourselves to them.
Training consist dimensions of the physical, mental, spiritual and energetics. These dimensions are connected to eachother, and therefor influence eachother. It is for each one of use to find out how and to be mindful about it, in order to find our ‘aikido-way’ on and off the mat. We create the potential for growth, development and insight, on intra- and interpersonal level.
How does a class look like?
We often begin with a short meditation, followed by warming-up and stretches, sometimes combined with breathing exercises.
We pay attention to the development of centering, grounding, balance, relaxation, flexibility and awareness.
And in working with a partner we emphasise elements like: linking, connecting, cooperation, support, inclusion, harmonising and transformation.
When working with your partner you clarify who is doing the defence or technique (nage), and who is giving the energy of the attack and receiving the technique (uke). In order to receive the technique it is very important to learn the art of ‘ukemi’, of roling and falling. To become friends with the ground, because it helps you to be safe and more easily get up. We will practice this ukemi in solo and partner exercises.
In partner practice we explore techniques (form) and the principles (formless) in the form and movement, embedded in the perspective of Aikido. This makes Integral Aikido a very inspiring and interesting way of training. Aikido is more then only techniques!
In our classes we sometimes also training with a wooden sword (bokken) and staff (jo). Training with a jo and bokken enriches our exploration of the Aikido principles. This Japanse weapon system is based in a Budo background. We have the weapon work of late M. Saito Sensei as basics.
For beginners our dojo has a little stack of spare jo’s and bokkens to use.
We offer a training in which you can develop in your own tempo and level. We training with all levels together.
Classes can be followed fom 16 years and older.
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Our dojo is affiliated with the Evolutionary Aikido Community, and friends of TAKN.