|Fri 7:30-9pm||Kali Class|
|Sun 9-11amm||Adults & Kids|
Classes take place at the Trinity Building 3F, Roppongi 7-14-7. Click here for more detailed location and access information.
The second Sunday of every month is set aside as a beginner's seminar for adults and kids. If you can't make a regular class, come out for the seminar!
"These days, the differences of ideology, the confrontation of races and conflict between nations, leads to numerous problems from the destruction of the environment to economic frictions. All opposition or antagonism leads to greater conflict. A premise of Aikido is the avoidance of rivalry or any form of opposition. If the people of the world would make an effort to learn how to avoid dissension through the practice of Aikido I am sure that mankind could realize genuine unification. Therefore, we as instructors must do our best to gain this ideal."
-- Soke Gozo Shioda
Founder of Yoshinkan Aikido
Aikido is a Japanese martial Art that stresses self-defense by
harmonizing with an attack and controlling the attacker by joint locks
or their own momentum. One of the main concepts in aikido is the
blending of your ki (spirit or energy) with that of your partner.
Because blending with your partner's power means there is no
competition or conflict between you, aikido does not require a great
deal of physical strength and is therefore a Japanese martial art that
anyone at any age can do.
The three characters (or kanji) representing aikido are translated as follows:
合 Ai - Means harmony
気 Ki - Means energy or spirit, either your own, or the
world's collective energy
道 Do - Means the way or the approach to training that
includes learning the physical movements as well as developing your
Aikido was founded by Morihei Ueshiba in the mid 1930's. He is known
as O'Sensei, or great teacher. He had mastered several martial arts in
his youth and had a very strong spiritual side as well. O'Sensei had a
realization that his martial art was not about fighting and winning,
but that it was about love and harmony. Thus, Aikido was born.
Yoshinkan Aikido is one of the three main styles of Aikido and was
founded by Shioda Gozo in the mid 1950's. Shioda Sensei studied
extensively with Morihei Ueshiba Sensei after which he created his own
unique style of Aikido known for its dynamic energy and focused Kamae
(stance). The three characters representing Yoshinkan are translated
養 Yo - Means to foster or to raise
神 Shin - Means spirit or to develop divine skilled
館 Kan - Means a large building, a hall
Shioda Sensei said that Aikido is a tool that enables students to
learn about themselves, about others, and to enhance their health and
ROPPONGI YOSHINKAN AIKIDO
Established by Roland Thompson Sensei and Michael Stuempel Sensei who
studied under Shioda Gozo from the late 1980's to the mid 1990's to
further the teaching of Yoshinkan Aikido and to contribute to the
realisation of a rich and peaceful society through mental and
Four Week Beginner's Course Starting May 5, 2013
5/5, 5/12, 5/19 and 5/26 9:00- 11:00am Sundays.
The course objective is to provide students with a strong foundation in the basic techniques of Yoshinkan Aikido.
The curriculum includes teachings in the Kamae stance, seiza sitting position, 6 Kata movements, forward and backward rolls, break falls, and four control techniques.
The four, two-hour morning classes are taught in English and Japanese. Classes commence with a warm up and stretching then move into the curriculum as outlined above.
Cost: Yen 10,000 for eight hours of classes.
For more information, contact Saori Watanabe.
HOW TO JOIN
Come on out to the dojo and speak to any of the Roppongi Yoshinkan Aikido instructors.