The roots of Aikido are closely linked to Japanese culture and several traditional martial arts, which Morihei Ueshiba combined with his own ideas and philosophy. The development of Aikido draws from many sources:
Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu: During his studies, Ueshiba was greatly influenced by Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu, a traditional Japanese martial art. He studied this art under Takeda Sokaku, whose main focus is on harnessing the opponent's energy and momentum, joint tensing, throwing and locking.
Shinto: Ueshiba's spiritual journey also had a profound influence on the development of Aikido. The teachings of Shinto, the ancient Japanese religion, had a great influence on Ueshiba's philosophical views and the spiritual aspects of Aikido. Shinto's emphasis on harmony with nature, purification rituals and respect for life was consistent with Ueshiba's vision of martial arts as a means of personal growth and spiritual development.
Morihei Ueshiba Ayabe, in 1922, in front of a poster with the inscription "Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu".
Demonstration of Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei and Nobuyoshi Tamura's sword kata, circa 1960.
Philosophy of non-violence: Ueshiba saw Aikido not only as self-defence, but also as a peaceful resolution of anger and conflict. His philosophy was to use the energy of the opponent, not to respond to violence with violence. Aikido aims to neutralize aggression while minimizing injury to both the attacker and the defender.
Iaido and Kenjutsu: Ueshiba also studied sword arts such as Iaido and Kenjutsu. His understanding of sword movements and principles has also had a great influence on Aikido techniques, with many movements and concepts derived from the sword arts, including fluid movements, proper timing and redirection of force.
Aikido thus has its roots in traditional Japanese martial arts, spiritual philosophy and Ueshiba's personal experiences and faith. This rich blend makes Aikido a unique martial art that focuses not only on self-defence, but also on the personal development, spiritual growth and the promotion of peace and harmony.
Did you think that half of our members didn't start practicing martial arts with aikido? Apparently not it is rare for many to come to us later, after practicing several bends, detours, and multiple styles. Why could it be In your twenties, early thirties, you might still feel like you can do almost anything. Flexible or, your fitness is snapping, your injuries will regenerate quickly. As time goes on, all of a sudden you are painfully confronted with the fact that your body is becoming more and more vulnerable and is facing obstacles that have so far you didn't even notice. Is there still progress from here, and if so, in what way?
You may also have had the good fortune to learn some martial arts as a child or as a young adult, but then you stopped, life drifted in a different direction. However, deep in your soul, the tatami, the gym, even the white training suit is hidden deep in your wardrobe, you didn't have a heart to throw out…
If these thoughts have turned in your head as well, you are in the right place. We wrote this blog just for you.
The human body has physical endowments of head, limbs, joints, sensitive points, and surfaces that are exploited and attacked by various martial arts. For this reason, the same techniques can be found in most martial arts with minor major differences. Aikido can also be thought of as a sophisticated method for our other martial arts. This method can be applied to a greater or lesser extent depending on the nature of the particular martial art, for example, goju-ryu karate is characterized by an alternation of hardness and softness, it fits well with aikido, but there is a karate style, “Strength Karate”, with which fewer common point can be found. In aikido, technical knowledge is very important, less strength, the structure of trainings also follows and strengthens this principle.
In our trainings you can practice the improved AIKIDO techniques created by the master Shoji Nishio, based on the ideas of the use of weapons (sword, stick). The techniques are not aimed at destroying the partner, but at keeping him under constant control, giving you the opportunity to end the attack without injury and stay alive. Master Nishio's vision and his published book Yurusu Budo - Forgiving Martial Arts. The techniques he created are all based on this idea, while keeping in mind the the real combat value of the techniques.
The main aim of aikido is to train the body and mind, but spending two and a half hours a week in a dojo is not enough. The age in which we live is not allow us to spend all our time practicing and living the dojo, but there is the possibility for continuous improvement.
Of course you need a guide to follow and accept his ideas, you need to practice together, but 3 hours a week is is not enough. Therefore, an integral part of our training is the practice of other forms of movement, martial arts, especially those that are can be done alone. Toho Iai, practicing nunchaku, chi kung. The many possibilities make the training very varied and complex at the same time and gives everyone the opportunity to do it at their own pace and schedule.
Teachers: Péter Gaál, Jenő Molnár, Gábor Szabó, Dániel Szarvas, Csaba Terpák
Host: Ferenc Németh
Place: Budapest, Váci út 19.
Date: 25 November 2023 Saturday 10:00-15:00
Our association and dojos place great emphasis on quality instruction, so we limit the number of participants in training. Always call to see if there is an opportunity to join! This rule is to protect those who are already practicing with us, as progress can only be made well if everyone is given enough attention and space. You may have to wait to join a group, but in return we give you 1 month of free training so you can decide to continue with confidence and without doubt.
Nothing special, t-shirt and warmer bottom. In the aikido trainings we are barefoot, tatami. The workouts no one needs to appear in a white aikido or karate suit to try it. Later, if you have already decided that you want to persevere in the aikido training sessions and take the exam, a white practicing dress is already recommended.
What is certain is that no two aikido trainings are the same, there is a great variety of exercises. Some exercises are done individually, others in pairs or even in small groups. There are basically three main parts to the training. The first half hour is a full body warm-up. This consists of basic gymnastic exercises and special exercises mostly used in martial arts, aikido. Various "close to the ground" exercises such as rolls are also part of the warm-up. In the middle part we practice some aikido technique, if possible with different weapon variations. Here we usually do the exercises in pairs. Weapons training is not only useful because you learn how to use the tool. The specificities of each weapon also help us to hone our freehand techniques, as mistakes made with a weapon can be more obvious and easier to spot and correct. We are used to using wooden training swords (bokken), long sticks (jo), and sometimes even the nunchaku. At the end of the training session we do some kind of relaxation movement, which may vary from dojo to dojo. Everybody in Albertirsa loves the chi kung exercises, after which participants leave feeling recharged.
Based on our experience, we have compiled a non-exhaustive list of questions about aikido and training and the answers to them. If your question is not on the list, drop us an email and we will try to answer it.
We welcome everyone, it is a pleasure for us if you decide to try the aikido trainings with us, and to do this without any obligations, a full month of free training for everyone we provide!
We welcome not only you, but also the rest of your family! The more of you from the same family, the bigger the discount.
Student members of our association have the opportunity to request an exemption from gym classes. We can issue certificates to our members who undertake the aikido workouts at least 50% participate and pay the monthly membership fee. Participation in training is school physical education, which is why absences are treated similarly to school.
Through a friend, I came across Master Nishio's system and grabbed it. But maybe even more important to me, I really like my training partners. I've never met such a helpful and supportive community anywhere, it's very inspiring, for me it's one of the most important aspects.
For me, in addition to the many repetitive boring daily routines, a different world. In that case, I'm not thinking about anything, I can immerse myself in what I'm doing, and it refills, soothes. Absolute self time :-)
I recharge very pleasantly both physically and mentally! It helps maintain the flexibility of my muscles, or due to my age, slows down the aging process. My self-confidence is on top every day too! It just positively affects my life.
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