Hayward Aikido   Martial arts school

Aikido

Aikido is Budo, a martial art. It is a refinement of traditional martial techniques combined with a noble philosophy of spirit. It is a method of forging mind, body and energy. Aikido teaches us to respond freely to any contingency that may arise.

Aikido is a Japanese martial art that was developed in the 1920s by Morihei Ueshiba, O’Sensei (Great Master). O’Sensei’s extracted the secrets of martial power from Jujutsu (Daito-ryu Aikijutsu), spear (Yari) and sword (Kenjutsu) to develop Aikido.

In Aikido, you learn to control aggressive force from one or many attackers, including attackers armed with swords, short staffs or knives. Attacks are neutralized by throws or joint locks. Aikido techniques blend and redirect the attacker’s momentum. Mental and spiritual training is further developed by Aiki practices. As you train, you will find and build your ki.

Aikido can be practiced by men, women and children. Strength is not necessary to begin practicing aikido. But through dedicated training, you will grow stronger, physically, mentally and spiritually. Aiki practitioners must respect and honor life, and protect peace and innocence.

Want to see what Aikido looks like? Watch this video of a special class at Hayward Aikido.