2017 Aikido Kids Summer Camp | Open Registration

2017 Aikido Kids Summer Camp | Open Registration

Aikido Summer Camp is a great opportunity for your child or teen to learn Aikido as well as deal with conflict. AIKIDO is a Japanese word that joins three ideas: AI ‐ unite, harmonize, or join KI ‐ energy, mind, or spirit DO ‐ a way, or a path Aikido moves in harmony with forces… Continue Reading

Taiko Drummers Coming to Sarasota October 22

Taiko Drummers Coming to Sarasota October 22

We’ve never done anything like this before, and we want you to come enjoy this free event in Sarasota. Taiko Drummers, playing a traditional percussion instrument of Japan, put on an awesome show. Best of all, their performance is an immersive experience that invites everyone to participate. October 22nd, 2016 12Noon – 1:15PM Traditional Aikido… Continue Reading

Key Elements Underlying Aikido

Key Elements Underlying Aikido

The 3 forms of keiko (training) include Kihon, Yawarakai, and Ki no Nagare. 1. Kihon is rock solid, or diamond. One idea is if nage can deal with this, moving energy will make other forms even more manageable. 2. Yawarakai is flexible, like “flowing bamboo”. Not fast, but rhythmical. 3. Ki no Nagare is flowing,… Continue Reading

Seiza & Zanshin

Seiza & Zanshin

When sitting in class (at the beginning, end, and during instruction), a student should sit in the Seiza position – this is a formal Japanese sitting posture. Some call this “sitting like a samurai” as you want to be focused and attentive. If this is not physically comfortable because of injury or limitation, cross-legged sitting… Continue Reading

Three Techniques That Have Everything

Three Techniques That Have Everything

O-Sensei once said that a student could learn all the basics of Aikido if he practiced just three techniques tai-no-henko, morotedori-kokyuho, and suwariwaza-kokyuho. Given the seemingly endless number of different waza and their variations, techniques? Morihiro Saito-Sensei begins his “Takemusu Aikido” (Vol. I)instruction book with these same three techniques. There is something special happening here. The three principles of… Continue Reading