What is Yoseikan Aikido?
Aikido (way of harmony) is a martial art developed in Japan in 1942 by Morihei Ueshiba a.k.a. Ōsensei (1883 – 1969). Ueshiba trained for many years in a number of combat systems including Aikijujitsu, sword, spear and staff.
Combining his physical skills with a strong spiritual base, Ueshiba developed an extremely effective form of self-defence and personal development that is today practiced by millions of people throughout the world.
West Coast Aikido Martial Arts Academy teaches the Yoseikan Budo style of Aikido as taught by Ōsensei’s direct student Minoru Mōchizuki. Our Style of Aikido involves a combination of Daitō-ryū Aikijujutsu, Judo, Jujutsu, Karate, & Shinto-ryu underpinned by Aikido’s principles of harmony and non-resistance combined with linear and circular footwork to off-balance an attacker and apply joint locking or throwing techniques. Some of the hallmarks of Yoseikan Budo is the use of atemi (strikes using feet, fists, elbows and knees), projections (essentially techniques from judo), sacrifice techniques (sutemi), self-defense including dangerous techniques (various joint locks, elbow hits), groundwork (ne waza) with hold-ons and joint locks, and work with weapons (bokken, wood stick, knife).
How can our Aikido help you?
Potentially dangerous attacks can occur anywhere and at any time. At the very least, Aikido can provide you with the necessary mental and physical attributes that will enable you to confidently deal with an attack. Yoseikan Aikido can be used against any form of physical attack and in any situation. Aikido is also a great way to improve your physical fitness and its philosophy of harmony can help to reduce the stress of modern living.
Aikido’s continuous body movement, joint locks and throwing techniques can significantly improve your strength, cardiovascular fitness and overall flexibility. Aikido can be practiced by people of all ages. Participants have often reported a significant improvement in fitness and mental alertness after just a few months of training.
Many people are drawn to Aikido because of its effectiveness and principle of using an attackers energy against themselves. However, just as importantly Aikido provides a way to achieve more self-discipline and focus in our lives therefore helping to reduce stress, developing an individual who is more relaxed and confident in any environment.
Can I practice Aikido?
Yes. People of all ages practice aikido the world over. Some of the best exponents of the art are advanced in age. Aikido training can vary, from light and flowing technique to more hard and vigorous training depending on your level of fitness and ability. However, training in Aikido can be tailored to suit your age, physical abilities or work environment.