Aikido is a non-competitive martial art that can be practiced by almost anyone. Aikido techniques do not rely on physical strength but rather develops relaxed power through the focus of intention and Ki. The result is a creative method of non-destructive conflict resolution.
Aikido is practiced on many levels. The first level is includes the development of stamina, flexibility, and learning how to focus one's intention. The second level is built on the first and stresses self-defense techniques that teach the natural order of movement. In this process the students also become adept at ukemi, the art of rolling, falling and protecting oneself. Aikido provides the opportunity for the development of the entire person. It is a workout of the entire body and mind and results in increased strength, overall physically fitness, flexibility and centeredness.
At the third level students are gradually introduced to the secrets of receiving and harnessing the power of ki, they also develop spatial awareness and learn to judge proper timing and distance. During this training the goal is to establish and maintain an energetic connection to your partner and to lead them off balance. This eliminates the need for more destructive means of resolving situations.
The highest level of aikido is mind over matter. This involves the use of visualization techniques, the power of intention and ki, breath control and meditation. Aikido is truly a spiritual martial art that explores themind - body - spirit connection. This advanced level of training at Shobu Aikido reaches a level not easily found elsewhere. The student learns how to manifest power and effectiveness by the focusing of intention alone. This level depends on and can only be reached through the refinement of technique and the students own deepest feeling. For this reason it alternates between the physical and the spiritual.
In the process of practicing aikido, students inevitably find themselves less stressed and more energetic, better equipped to manage life's many conflicts with calm control. Aikido is great for adults and kids alike because practice encourages respect for self and others, self control, cooperation and responsibility.
Gasshuku or weekend long intensive seminars with William Gleason Sensei are available seasonally.
Children's aikido classes provide a friendly, non-competitive environment for students to become more physically fit, agile, flexible, aware, focused, and relaxed. They learn how to safely fall, roll and perform a variety of self-defense techniques in a supportive, comfortable setting, and parents like Aikido because kids learn how to be powerful without becoming destructive.
Dear Friends of Okugyo,
As we enter into the new year the yang spiritual ki of our
environment continues to grow in intensity. Nature is attempting to
purify the earth and all beings upon it. Unless we empty ourselves of
everyday concerns and self-centeredness, no amount of training will be
sufficient to merge with the times we are now living in.
We are living with the problems of global warming and natural
disaster, the general lack of clarity and awareness of the world
population, a worldwide instability of the financial markets, and the
population of people who are, for the most part, sleeping at the helm.
The ki of nature and the universe is pushing each of us towards
awakening, yet when we resist this natural power of evolution, the
result is only greater difficulty.
In these times it is especially important to live intentionally and
take responsibility for our own spiritual evolution. The rest of
nature evolves at the dictates of natures law and order, yet it is
natural for human being to become free and that requires intentional
practice with a definite purpose. First of all it is important to
become really clear exactly what that purpose is and then put it at
the forefront of our everyday lives.
I hope that more and more people, especially aikidoka, will take it
upon themselves to go beyond the mere study of technique and seek the
deeper meaning and potential behind this incredible training. In this
spirit I welcome each of you to attend Okugyo as often as possible in
this New Year.
If you are planning on attending a retreat, please sign up online as
soon as possible to it is easier to prepare for the number of people
attending. On the other hand, if you are not attending also, please
answer this email and let us know that you will not be attending. In
the same way this makes our planning much easier. Thanks and I hope to
see you in Vermont in February.
see www.shobuokugyo.blogspot.com for more information on Okugyo Aikido retreats.
This clip shows the Dojo at practice during our test preparation time. I usually teach a regular class for an hour, and then we break into groups based on experience level. During this time, those who will be testing get ample opportunity to ask questions and learn the correct terminology. More senior practitioners gain valuable experience guiding others. We use this format for the month preceding the Seasonal Basics Seminar during which Kyu testing happens.
Aiki is truly everywhere! Isabella finished a homeschool project on the harmony of the Solar System today, so we thought we would share it with everyone. We also decided to share three of our family practices: The Family Kiss, The Family Hug, and Voicing Gratitude to show some of the ways we try to manifest Aiki in our daily life at home as a family...
- Jay, Karen and Isabella.
If you choose the blue pill then please ignore this post.
I'll admit to being on the skeptical side of life though you might not believe me with a post such as this. I'll also admit to doubting several sections of the Zeitgeist movie. Is it just another political trick helping to confuse? Unconstitutional Tax law? nothing new . . . We are all being tracked 24/7 for most of us via our cell phones - no need for chips. However with greater frequency I find myself asking why I'm so quick to discount strange ideas, non-quantifiable spiritual connections or even trying to put enlightening ideas into a format that is sharable to another person. At what point does one reach a conclusion that something is really authentic? Aikido has awoken my mind to the fact that the possibilities of this physical existence are endless.
What were you thinking about last year? ->
a quick note to let everyone know that...
1. the tecumseh club is now free for all shobu students to attend. just tell them at the front desk you are a member of shobu aikido of ohio.
2. my band and i will be playing the elbow room in ypsilanti, mi. on saturday, jan. 19. several bands perform. show begins at 10pm. -kline
On Sunday January 20th the Toledo Zen Center will be holding a morning half day zazenkai from 9 to noon, and in the afternoon I will be conducting an afternoon retreat and workshop on the teachings of the Zen ancestor BodhiDharma. Aikidoka and practitionters of other martial arts may recognize BodhiDharma as the monk from India who brought the teachings of the Buddha to the Shao Lin Monastery in China during the early 6th Century. This pivotal teacher is thus at the root of both Zen and most all of the martial arts, including Aikido.
All who are interested in encountering the teachings of this great historic figure are welcome to attend the full days retreat or just the afternoon workshop. Please bring a notebook and pen to the afternoon if you attend, there is no need to preregister, but please do keep your eye out for the relevant texts that will be posted at www.toledozen.org.
Audio copys of the workshop will be available via www.thedrinkinggourd.org eventually...
- Jay Chikyo Weik
the tecumseh aikido club hit the ground running tonight in large part due to the generosity of our shobu members tom, jim, and chris. my wife angela dusted off her hakama to join in and we made a new friend in lee the kempo karate instructor at the facility. thank you to all who are helping make this club possible, especially jay sensei. -kline
On another note, I've started to read "The Book of Macrobiotics," a book Sensei recommended to learn more about the concepts of yin and yang.
Finally, I put a link here to an aikido page on my Web site. It's mostly students who check out my site for homework, but maybe some of them will ask about aikido.
ps here's my dog demonstrating tenkan.
happy new year everyone!!
for anyone interested in participating in the new michigan aikido club, it will be held weekly beginning on wednesday, jan. 9 from 5-6pm at the fitness connection 703 e. chicago blvd, tecumseh, mi. 49286 517.424.3399
thank you to all who have shared your thoughts about this new endeavor. danny kline
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