Aikido is a martial art founded in Japan over 80 years ago. Its foundation is a mixture of traditional Japanese budo (warrior) techniques–in particular swordsmanship, although most Aikido technique is done open hand (without a weapon). Many describe Aikido as the modern-day version of the Samurai given that every Aikido technique can be traced to this heritage.
Aikido’s relevance in today’s world is in the physical health and spiritual well-being of those who practice the art. Techniques are foremost a self-defense martial art. Training includes numerous exercise that focus not only on the physicality of techniques but also the mental and spiritual development that is hidden “inside” them. The latter is usually discovered only after years of training.
Aikido training consists of the coordinated use of the whole body through controlled relaxation, flexibility, and endurance. Training is suitable for people of all ages, which is a main reason for Aikido’s growing international popularity.
Aikido in the 21st century has evolved into many sub-styles that are practiced in thousands of dojos located in over 110 countries worldwide. Paradaisu Aikikai is a traditional Aikido dojo. We trace our methodology and specific techniques directly to O’Sensei (the founder of Aikido) owing to our style’s lineage being a direct transmission from O’Sensei to Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, the head of Aikido Schools of Ueshiba.
Aikido techniques (waza) consist of throws, pins, and movements as self-defense from attacks that include all manner of strikes, grabs, and attacks. Students learn how to safely fall or roll to avoid injury from the techniques, known as ukemi.