What Is Aikido
Aikido is a martial school based on ancient martial arts. The school was founded by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) O-Sensei (the Great Master). Aikido is based on non-combat principles wherein the trainee learns not to resist the aggressive energy directed against him by the aggressor or aggressive sensations aroused within him.While he learns to move softly and powerfully, the exercise in Aikido befits all trainees independent of gender or age.
Our way is the way of Chiba Sensei who teaches in San Diego (California). We attach great importance to weapons drills, (bokkan – a wooden sword, jo – a stick, tanto – a wooden knife, and drills of lai-Batto-Ho – the art of sword drawing). We, of course, also exercise empty handed. Chiba Sensei was sent to the States and operates there on behalf of Aikikai Humbu Dojo whose resides in Tokyo. Our Dojo has been in operation since 1993 in the Sport Center of Tel-Aviv University.
Body Art Unarmed (empty hand) training is the main form of training. It emcompasses all levels of training. Beginners will start by learning the basic body movements of Aikido in both solo and partner practice. They will be introduced to the art of ukemi, which includes making safe falls to the ground, but — far more importantly — is the general skill of absorbing one's partner's motion with the whole of one's body, thus preventing damage and injury. The development of body art extends to the more intense practice and advanced techniques appropriate to senior students. Occasionally, body art classes will be combined with weapons classes (see below), as techniques for disarming an armed attacker also form part of the Aikido curriculum.
Weapons Aikido movements (even those that are performed bare-handed) come from the use of the Japanese sword, That is why we imphesize the weapons practice. Bokken (wooden sword), Jo (staff) and Tanto (dagger), Solo and partner practice with the bokken is an integral part of the Aikido curriculum. Another part is training in the use of the jo, a 4-foot long wooden staff.
Iai Battō Hō "sword-drawing method" — is the traditional art of drawing and cutting with the Japanese sword. In contrast to the partner practice of Aikido, Iai Battō Hō consists mostly of the careful study of solo forms, or kata. In much the same way as Zazen supports Aikido practice, Iai Battō Hō is a practice separate from, but complementary to, Aikido.
Zazen 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.