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What is Aikido?


 Aikido may be translated as “the way of harmony with universal energy.” Budo (martial arts) are often misrepresented as fighting. In reality, the Japanese character for budo represents the stopping of swords, or peacemaking. In our Aikido program we continue with the original concept of peacemaking and harmony — allowing students to enjoy a life of peace from a foundation in this traditional martial art. Developing self-control and self-discipline, the ability to focus and concentrate, listening skills and the ability to follow directions, independence and leadership skills are all part of this program.Aikido is both an excellent form of physical exercise and self-defense. The study of Aikido technique teaches smooth, balanced, and coordinated movement in a non-competitive, cooperative atmosphere. During classes and training sessions students strive with one another to refine their movements and further their understanding of Aikido principles. The practice of Aikido combines the training of the mind, body, and spirit in a single unified discipline.


Yoshinkan Aikido is one of the martial arts that has been taught to the Tokyo police.