Sensai Jojo Joseph
Chief Instructor [4th Dan]View Details
Class Schedule : On demand special training
Aikido, a traditional Japanese martial art, was developed in the early part of the 20th century by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), now known as O-Sensei (venerable teacher). Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei, the Aikido Kaiso (founder), was born in 1883 in Tanabe, a coastal town in southern Japan. From the time of his youth, he studied various martial arts, eventually including sumo, swordsmanship, spear technique, staff technique, and various styles of jiujutsu, particularly the Yagyu and Daito styles.
The purpose of Aikido training is not perfection of a martial skill, but rather the improvement of one's character. The objective of Aikido is not necessarily to defend yourself or to hurt attackers, but ultimately to contribute to the making of a better society through the united training of body, mind and spirit. The developer of Aikido spent decades spreading this message of peace through the art of Aikido.
Being a martial art, people are often surprised, even perplexed to learn that Aikido means "the way of harmony." “Ki” (pronounced ‘key’) is the Eastern philosophical concept of the universal creative principle of life – the life force or breath. Ki is at the heart of Aikido – both in concept and in word. When the word is broken down into syllables it reads Ai-Ki-Do.
Literally, Aikido translates as "the way of harmony with Ki." Aikido seeks to unite this Ki of the Universe with the Ki found within each person. The Founder of Aikido believed that a person was at their highest level of self-actualization when univeral ki and one’s personal ki were aligned. Use of the word “ki” or spirit in a Japanese context doesn’t necessarily imply that of a religious connotation. Rather, it recognizes the inherent energy found in all living and non-living things… all matter and non-matter, that is.