What is Aikido?

Aikido techniques seek to control and redirect the energy of an attack and thus neutralize it. Body movements and timing allow blending with the attack and then proceeds into throws, joint locks, and pins. Since direct conflict is avoided, Aikido techniques can be applied by anyone regardless of physical strength. Classes consist of tai-jitsu (open-handed techniques), bokken (wooden sword), jo (wooden staff), and tanto (wooden knife) techniques.

Aikido training integrates mental energy and awareness with physical technique. Training stresses form, mutual cooperation, awareness of others, and coordination of body movement with a calm state of mind. Practice develops suppleness, endurance, self-control, and self-discipline which leads to a sense of confidence that can be applied to daily life.

Children are accepted beginning at 7 years old; the necessary motor and attention skills are developed by this age. 5- and 6-year-olds will be accepted ONLY if an older sibling or a parent is already enrolled in the dojo.

The goal of the children’s class is to allow the children to grow and develop while being themselves and having fun. As they grow older, they take care of their juniors (caring for others) and learn to lead class (having responsibility). As their technical competency increases, their confidence and self-respect increase. By becoming directly involved in handling classes, they develop character, leadership and an awareness of community.

Glen Matsuda, 6th Dan, is chief instructor of Shishinkan Dojo since 1996. Beginning his Aikido study in 1970, he has studied under several instructors, mainly with Fumio Toyoda-Shihan for 27 years. Matsuda-sensei has taught seminars in Puerto Rico, Japan, Argentina, Slovenia and Dubai. He is the senior member of the Northeastern Division Teaching Committee. The Aikido Association of America is headquartered in Chicago and is directly affiliated with the International Aikido Federation under Moriteru Ueshiba in Tokyo, Japan.


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