What is Aikido

Aikido is a Japanese martial art of self-defence. It uses the energy of the attack and circles it back onto the aggressor. The Japanese word Aikido is written with three characters that translate as “The Way of Spiritual Harmony.” Harmonious movement, or blending, is at the heart of this discipline. Movements in Aikido may be spectacular and send the attacker flying, or they may be small and control the wrist and elbow joints in subtle but persuasive ways.

What is Shugyo

Shugyo means “determined training that fosters enlightenment”. Its purpose is to “tighten the slack”, toughen the body, and polish the spirit. Dojo is a place where the Do, or “the Way”, is practiced. Aikido Shugyo Dojo is a non-profit club run entirely by its members. Training in Aikido is shaped by the philosophy of harmony. There are no competitions or tournaments. Emphasis is on self-mastery, not on controlling others. Rank is awarded by a testing procedure that demonstrates student growth. Regular and frequent practice develops skills through constant repetition of techniques.