Aikido vision

Pillars of Integral Aikido AmsterdamIntegral Aikido in Amsterdam Carolina van Haperen

This is an overview of our pillars of which our Aikido practice find its foundation.
Not all of them are mandatory, yet an invitation to deepen and widening the practice if you like. They work complementary and enrich our daily life.

When you are member of our dojo you have access to a shared file map with interesting information.

During the lockdown classes are online with Zoom.
This is still on Monday and Wednesday evening, and Sunday morning.
On the last Wednesday of the month we will have an online AikiCafé at 20:30.

Practice Specifics Principles & development
 Bodywork general Qi Gong, Tai Chi warming-up.

Yoga stretches.
Fitness exercises.
Walking, running, biking for stamina.

Flexibility, core practice, balance, coordination, centering, grounding, relaxation, stamina, strength, effortlessness in movement, functionality, movability.
 Bodywork taijutsu Solo & partner Quality of connection, adaptability, alignment, listening & leading, space awareness, timing, taking perspectives, integration, creativity, spontaneity.
Weapons bukiwaza


Solo & partner

Jo & bokken

Structural and form, understanding form, adaptability & creativity with form, bodywork see above.
 Meditation, Mindfulness All forms and traditions of meditation that cultivates your ability being aware and awake in the present moment, and having coping skills for stress or challenges. Clarity, insight, perspectives, presence, awareness, awake.
 Community Inside the dojo with members.
Connection with other aikidoka’s of other dojo’s.
In your own social field.
Support, respect, care, interest, space, help, congruence, including.
 Study group, inquiry Studying literature about Aikido and inquiry in our own daily life.

Questioning what Aikido offers us on and off the mat.

The content of historical Aikido material depends often on the perspectives and experiences of the translators and teachers. Therefore it is important to ‘translate’ first the perspective and then study for ourselves how that works in our daily life.