Welcome to the club.
We play Tomiki Aikido (and JoJutsu and AikiKen based upon the Aiki Principals as you progress)
I would like to inform the not yet educated that Budo is NOT a Business! It was not designed or intended to be transmitted in that fashion. We are a group of aikidoka that Have come together from other organizations to Embrace the Spirit of Aikido. We strive to live up to its principles to the fullest. We all have had some training under other systems, and appreciate the various experiences we each have and take pride in not only where we have been, but definitely with where we are headed. In this Spirit of Democracy, Friendship, Honesty, and Understanding we have formed this Study Club under the American Tomiki Aikido Association (ATAA). We Believe in honest training, and the ability of any person to learn Aikido regardless of physical limitations, age, race, martial arts affiliations, or gender.
Safe Environment – Supportive Community
The Safest Aikido Dojo with the ONLY Permanent Aikido/Judo Spring Floor within 65 Miles of Ft. Hood!!
The two main instructors are graded at Rokudan.
Membership to the ATAA, and through that a technical Board comprised of no less than six Rokudan or higher.
A Fun, Safe training atmosphere, that allows you to ask the questions needed to gain true understanding.
Confidence gained from having a viable self defense.
The ability to study from and teach others in a harmonious way.
To center ourselves in regards to society in order that we might be able to harmonize with others around us.
That there is great strength and victory through harmonizing and giving way, instead of needless tests of strength.
A solid network of other like minded Dojo’s that will welcome you.
What is Aikido
Aikido, as I understand it at this time, is a Japanese martial art thought to be derived from Daito Ryu Aiki-jujitsu, and a few other systems. What we know for fact is that it was developed by Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, who was born in 1883, and was by his 30’s an outstanding martial artist, holding instructor ranks in several different RYU’s. He realized that the martial arts could be used to instruct people in the ways of peace and tolerance, rather than pure violence.
The Aikido Techniques do not use trickery, deceit, or brute strength to defeat an attackers intentions. The Techniques instead use the physical mechanics of the body and momentum or movement, to get you to your desired goal. It is more than a mere moving of Bodies and manipulation of joints. As you study this art you will have to concentrate on your body mechanics and your center. You can learn to deal with the attack without harming the person attacking you. You can get to a point in your training where you have the choice of causing harm but have learned that doing so is not necessary and counterproductive to achieving your goal of remaining unharmed as well.
My understanding of Aikido and what it is truly comprised of will change over time, as your’s will when you reach greater understanding along with me.