Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), to whom Aikido practitioners refer as "O-Sensei," was one of the world's most celebrated martial artists. His gift was to marry effective martial technique with a deep spirituality. A master of many martial arts, he brought out of budo (the martial path) a deep philosophical element. His influence on philosophical thinkers as well as martial artists has been profound.
Aikido is an art that, through its martial application, teaches students how to be peaceful yet protected and confident citizens of the world. Based on the spiral nature of the natural world, Aikido teaches movement that is as powerful as it is profound; a martial system based on an ancient practice of purification.
Aikido is a deep art; it is deep philosophically and it is steeped in an ancient martial tradition. Based on the art of the Samurai sword, modern Aikido practice owes much to the lessons of distancing and timing that sword arts offer (not to mention posture and a strong and certain center). These are critical elements in a martial art. In Aikido practice we train to develop good skills in all of these elements. Aikido trains students to be courageous and fierce in one's moral commitments.
But Aikido is compassionate as well. Becoming fierce and strong is not enough in a bright and balanced person. To make the correct decision and to have the confidence to stay the course as well as to find the most peaceful manner in which to proceed is part of the training. Aikido will develop patience in a person if only because it takes a long time to become accomplished in this art.
Classes meet T/W/Th from 7:30-9pm and Sat 10-12noon.
Morihei Ueshiba O-sensei