The martial art
A complete system of self-defence
Aikido is a modern martial art (gendai budō) developed in the early 20th century by Morihei Ueshiba, known as Ō-Sensei meaning “great teacher”. The art that uses throws, locks and pins as its principal movements.
Ai, meaning “joining” or “harmonising”
Ki, meaning “breath”, or “energy”
Dō, meaning “way” or “path”
Many students have been moved by their experience in Aikido and at Ei Mei Kan over the many years of the dojo's existence, and have produced articles to share their understanding and experience. Please click here if you would like to read them.
The classes start with warm up using various stretching and conditioning exercises. We strength the core so that the body can be ready to recieve a technqique as well as deliver one efficently. Our focus is in promoting good health and ensuring enjoyable lifelong practice.
Unarmed (empty hand) training is the main form of training at Ei Mei Kan. Beginners start by learning the basic body movements in both solo and partner practice; they are introduced to the art of ukemi, which includes falling safely, but more importantly allows the absorption of one's partner’s motion with the whole of one’s body, thus preventing damage and injury.
Zazen is literally, and simply, “seated meditation”. It is the simple practice of sitting still and practising mindfulness: just like Aikido itself, it is a means of enhancing the spirit and studying one’s self. For this reason, Zazen practice is a pursuit that complements one’s Aikido practice. Ei Mei Kan sometimes hosts or participate in retreats for zazen known as sesshin, which can last between one and eight days.
KAN JI ZAI BO SA GYO JIN HAN-NYA HA RA MI TA JI
SHO KEN GO ON KAI KU DO IS-SAI KU YAKU
SHA RI SHI SHIKI FU I KU KU FU I SHIKI
SHIKI SOKU ZE KU KU SOKU ZE SHIKI
JU SO GYO SHIKI YAKU BU NYO ZE
SHA RI SHI ZE SHO HO KU SO FU SHO FU METSU
FU KU FUJO FU ZO FU GEN
ZE KO KU CHU MU SHIKI MU JU SO GYO SHIKI
MU GEN-NI BI ZES-SHIN I
MU SHIKI SHO KO MI SOKU HO
MU GEN KAI NAI SHI MU I SHIKI KAI
MU MU MYO YAKU MU MU MYO JIN NAI SHI
MU RO SHI YAKU MU RO SHI JIN
MU KU SHU METSU DO
MU CHI YAKU MU TOKU I MU SHO TOK'-KO
BO DAI SAT-TA E HAN-NYA HA RA MI TA KO
SHIM-MU KEI GE MU KEI GE KO MU U KU FU
ON RI IS-SAI TEN DO MU SO KU GYO NE HAN
SAN ZE SHO BUTSU E HAN-NYA HA RA MI TA KO
TOKU A NOKU TA RA SAM-MYAKU SAM-BO DAI
KO CHI HAN-NYA HA RA MI TA
ZE DAI JIN SHU ZE DAI MYO SHU
ZE MU JO SHU ZE MU TO TO SHU
NO JO IS-SAI KU SHIN JITSU FU KO
KO SETSU HAN-NYA HA RA MI TA SHU
SOKU SETSU SHU WATSU
GYA TEI GYA TEI HA RA GYA TEI HARA SO GYA TEI
BO JI SOWA KA HAN-NYA SHIN GYO
The founder of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba - O'Sensei - once wrote "The purpose of Aikido is to train both body and mind and to develop a person's sincerity." To work effectively in martial arts we must repsect eachother, but this repsect quickly develops into a respect of all things. Therfore Aikido has an ettiquette which must be upheld, it is often confusing for beginners, but becomes natural over time.
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