Aikido is a Japanese martial art. It was founded in the mid-1900s by Morihei Ueshiba, referred to affectionately as O-Sensei (great teacher). While a relatively modern martial art, its roots lie in older martial arts, like Jūjutsu.
Aikido is comprised of three Kanji Japanese characters:
The name 'Aikido' therefore translates loosely to The Way of Harmonizing Energy
In aikido, we blend with attackers, often using their own energy to neutralize their attacks. We train our bodies and minds to be fit, flexible and balanced, so we can deal decisively and compassionately with aggression.
Aikido is a dynamic art where partners work cooperatively. Anyone can practice, regardless of age, skill or fitness level. There is no 'sparring' (practice fighting) or competition. It includes some joint manipulations and lots of rolling on the mats - and getting back up!
If you're interested in learning more, reach out. There are also many great books and resources online where you can learn about aikido.
- "Enter deeply into an attack and neutralize it as you draw that misdirected force into your own sphere." - Morihei Ueshiba
"True Victory is victory over oneself." - Morihei Ueshiba
At Salt Spring Aikido, we work together and challenge ourselves to grow as individuals and martial artists. Everyone is welcome.
Respect and kindness are essential values to uphold in the dojo.
We always prioritize safety, mindfulness and avoid causing injuries to our training partners.
While we often espouse a more casual and playful island vibe, we do follow basic etiquette and principles that you would find in most Japanese martial arts dojos.
Here are some examples of dojo rules from the web:
Note these are just examples and we don't follow all of these.
The Kanji character in our logo is "Dō " which means the 'way' or 'path'. It symbolizes a martial way of life dedicated to learning humbly and courageously. So if you're unsure about something, just ask :) We're all learners!
The best way to learn about aikido and our dojo philosophy, is to try it out. We hope to see you on the mats and look forward to training with you!
Arigatō-gozaimasu - thank you very much!
We are grateful to live and practice aikido on the homelands of the Hul'q'umi'num
and SENĆOŦEN-speaking Coast Salish nations.
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