Aikido is one of the traditional Japanese Martial arts of Japan. It evolved from the various forms of fighting arts used by the warrior culture of ancient Japan. The founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), studied several martial arts, in particular Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu. He developed Aikido into its modern day form which embodies the principle of non-resistance and non-destruction. This reflected Ueshiba's spiritual and philosophic ideals as he meant to create a discipline that would be more than a fighting art, but a practice to develop the whole person. The name Aikido translates into " the Way to harmonize with the Ki ("life energy") of the Universe."
The Shin Budo Kai Dojo of Amsterdam
The Shin Budo Kai Dojo of Amsterdam began in 1990, teaching out of the former School voor Nieuwe Dansontwikkeling on DaCostakade in Amsterdam West. Our teaching methods incorporate the principles of mind and body unification as taught by Koichi Tohei, one of Morihei Ueshiba's early students. Tohei later founded the "Ki Society" to further elaborate his methods of practicing aikido with mind and body unity.
Our school is affiliated with the Shin Budo Kai of New York, founded by Shizuo Imaizumi, a student of both the founder and Koichi Tohei. Mr. Imaizumi joined with Tohei when the Ki Society was formed, establishing the New York branch of the organisation. Later, Mr. Imaizumi founded Shin Budo Kai as an independant dojo to represent his own curriculum of Aikido.
Movement Technique in Aikido
Aikido follows the principle of non-resistance, using the attacker's own force against himself. Aikido movements are meant to blend with an attack, join its direction to re-direct rather than overpower with an opposing force. As such, Aikido does not depend on physical strength to be effective. Instead, movement, balance, rhythm, and spacing are the general areas of capability one works on.
Mind and Body Coordination
The foundation for Aikido is the unity between mind and body. This is expressed by a relaxed body and a calm, focused mind. To maintain a state of mind and body unity is especially difficult when one is under duress. Yet it is under duress that one most needs to perform in a calm, measured way. Fear, anger, anxiety, impatience are some examples of feelings that can debilitate performance.