The Aikido

THE FOUNDER.

El fundador

O sensei, Morihei Ueshiba.

Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) It was a Japanese Martial Artist, founder of Aikidō. The aikidōkas also called Ō-sensei (“Great Teacher”) in admiration and respect.

The Aikido

The Aikido, art of living in the form of martial art.

Aikido is a martial discipline in form of self defense, whose real purpose is physical, mental and relational development of the individual.

Full discipline, through technical enhance the notions of balance and coordination rather than strength and speed.

In constant relationship with the partner, it allows the pleasure of discovery and then the domain of gestures and their tensions. The relentless pursuit of simple and fair gesture gives the practitioner ease and self-assurance.

Origin and tradition.

The Aikido was founded in the 20s by the teacher MORIHEI UESHIBA (1883-1969) after intense practice of various martial arts. Both its purpose and its history, Aikido is part of the tradition of Japanese budo, through and beyond its technical, educational disciplines are positioned as search and not a set of recipes focused on immediate applications.

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Originality and universality.

However, within the family of Budo, Aikido affirms its originality by the nature of the proposed answer to the problem of violence or aggression. In effect, it never aims to negating the other for its destruction or deterrence, but rather pretends to contrary, considering the conflict as a communication situation, control aggression and allow the two interlocutors out of the spiral of violence. This original, ambitious and deeply humanistic approach, enjoins the Aikido in the range of real cultural contribution clearly lies beyond an exotic way or a mythical exaltation of the superhuman.

Principles and practices.

The martial focusing of Aikido and therefore are completely his technique in relation to its objective. That is, the projection techniques that control or used in Aikido are not in any case traumatizing, because they never made direct opposition but the attacker exploiting and guide its momentum without suffer.

The notions of balance, body binding, availability, monitoring, rhythm and fluidity… they are widely exploited and allow Aikido to combine their harmonious and aesthetic rigor characteristic of a martial art.

Doshu

The Dojo.

This notion is taken directly from the Japanese tradition and is indispensable to grasp fully benefit from his teaching. The dojo is the place of practice. It must be considered as a place of privilege governed by rules that may seem shocking, but all are justified by the desire to guide the attitude and care practitioner in order to give density and depth to this space-time so special.

The environment must be both stimulating and protective, attentive and relaxed, rigorous and liberating time.

Dojo dynamics, Its function guarantees anti-stress of Aikido.

Aikido modernity.

What Aikido can contribute to our balance in today’s world?

First physical practice, Aikido requests every muscle and every joint and, therefore, can stay in good physical condition. On the other hand, the lack of competition keeps us from the evils that it might harbor (doping, overtraining, stress, etc.).

At the moral level, Aikido, by its nature, challenges the core values of the individual: perseverance, rigor, humility, attention, commitment, responsibility … and also the depth of his approach raises reflection to its evolution..

But it is doubtless in the relational plane, aikido, discipline, communication, it constitutes an irreplaceable contribution. It is permanently, in effect, that the capacities of listening and sharing, generosity and respect.

The Aikido works on the principle of mutual appreciation and not asserting himself over the other. This attitude on the tatami influence, of course, the behavior in civilian life and, in general, the conception of relations with people and events.

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Who can practice?

Given the above, it seems clear that an extremely wide audience may be interested in Aikido and practice with profit.

In effect, since the techniques of Aikido never require physical potential in their realization, no exaggeration to say that every person who has physical integrity can do Aikido with enjoyment and benefit.

Male or female, tall or short, strong or weak, young or old can indeed find their place and be involved in aiki approach that pretends to be universal.

In terms of age, if possible reasonably set to 6 years lower age limit (adapting techniques in order to preserve the joints and the natural development of the child), It is, however, extremely difficult to set a higher age limit taking into account the amount of modulation possibilities offered practice depending on the temperament and the provisions or physical limits.

Beginner’s Guide (In Spanish)

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