What is Aikido?

Aikido is a non-competitive art based on the philosophy and martial arts of the Japanese Samurai. Though it is an effective self-defense, it is not a "fighting" martial art. Two people train together to learn techniques without notions of winning or losing.


Shidobu visit seiza Aikido is more than a martial art, Aikido is a form of Japanese Budo. The traditional Budo arts of Japan are a path for personal growth through mental discipline and physical training which evolved out of the philosophy, lifestyle and training of the ancient Samurai warrior. Although it does not involve sparring or competition of any kind, Aikido's basis in the fighting techniques of the Samurai is apparent in its powerful throws, pins and weapons techniques.


About Yoshokai Style Aikido

Yoshokai Aikido video is the Aikido taught in the Livonia YMCA classes. This style is unique amongst the other styles of Aikido. The movements tend to Step-in Thrust precise, yet dynamic and energetic. The feeling between people training together (partners), however, is positive and safe. Instead of resisting and being overcome by a technique, partners strive to learn techniques by working together in a spirit of harmony. This approach thus leads to a much different mentality - one of harmony rather than of conflict. More information available at www.aikidoyoshokai.org

The Aikido Yoshokai Association of North America (AYANA), headed by Sensei Takashi Kushida , an 8th degree black belt, is a non-profit educational organization with its headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sensei Kushida, one of the highest ranking Aikido teachers in the United States, trains instructors to meet high teaching standards. The quality of instruction in AYANA is maintained through stringent standards, which all instructors must constantly meet or exceed in order to continue their certification. Today, Ikkajo NageAYANA has an active membership of over 1000 men, women, children and senior citizens nationwide. There are over 40 AYANA clubs in the United States, including adult and youth education programs, university curriculum, intramural groups and private dojos.

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AYANA is a non-profit educational organization that admits students of any race, color, or national or ethic origin.