合： 意为 和谐
气： 意为 力量或精神，或者是你自己的，或者是大地精华之气
Shiohira先辈。Hideki Shiohira先辈是美国合气道协会首席师范，他在1967开始在日本学习纯正合气道，之后在合气道创始人 Koichi
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. 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
The three characters (or kanji) representing aikido are
translated as follows:
Ai - Means
Ki - Means
energy or spirit, either your own, or the world's collective
Do - Means
the way or the approach to training that includes learning
the physical movements as well as developing your whole
Thus, Aikido can be defined as the way of learning to harmonize
with the environment we live in. In the self defense context it
means not fighting with an opponent or resisting an attack. This
is what sets Aikido apart from other martial arts and self
defense systems. The concept of accepting an attack and dealing
with it without fighting is unique. It also is counter to our
very basic "fight or flight" response. Thus, a large part of
deeper Aikido training is to learn to be calm and relaxed and to
be aware and alert to what is happening around you. The other
aspect of training is to learn the basic physical techniques and
movements to respond to any kind of attack.
This combined approach develops your entire being, not just your
physical side. Aikido is effective for self defense, but more
importantly we learn how to deal with the stresses and pressures
of daily life. Being relaxed and calm minimizes the tension,
conflicts and anger that occur every day of our lives.
Aikido does not have contests and does not require just physical
strength. Thus, it is suitable for men, women and children of
all ages. Aikido practice provides healthy exercise by natural
and relaxed body movements; creates self awareness of our own
bodies as well as mental calmness and alertness to our
surroundings; increases self confidence; and is an effective way
to defend oneself.
What is Aikido?
Aikido is a non-competitive martial art from Japan that
emphasizes mind/body integration. Learn more by clicking on the
About Aikido button. Learn more about Shiohira Sensei by
clicking on his button.
Who can study Aikido?
Men and women of all ages can study Aikido, regardless of
physical skill or previous experience in athletics or other
martial arts. Training is always self-paced, and for the most
part all ranks train together, with the more experienced
Aikidoists helping the newer students. We also offer Children's
classes. They can start as young as 7. Check the main page [
click on header ] for these classes.
Why do people study Aikido?
Aikido is never competitive, so the training is purely for
personal development. Aikido is vigorous, weight-bearing
exercise that improves your strength, coordination, balance and
your overall health. The training also helps you develop
alertness and a calm mind. Most people find that regular
training reduces stress levels significantly. The most important
reason to study Aikido, however, is to enjoy it!
How do you begin?
Just come by and join a class. We also offer classes especially
for beginners. In the regular classes senior students give you
individual help with the basics and work with you until you feel
comfortable enough to train with the other students.
To sign up just arrive at the dojo about 15 minutes early to
introduce yourself and sign a waiver. Wear comfortable, loose
clothing, or a gi if you have one. You are welcome to observe
classes and talk with the instructor and other students before
you decide to join.
What is a Dojo?
The word Dojo means "training hall". For example, the Aikido
Center in Mountain View is a spacious facility, with a padded
training mat, separate dressing rooms and bathrooms, and a small
What does Sensei mean?
Sensei is an honorific title meaning "teacher". The head of a
dojo is always referred to as Sensei, and other instructors as
well. O-Sensei means great teacher. In Aikido this refers to
Ueshiba Sensei, the Founder of Aikido.
How do we train?
Aikido training consists of throws and falls. A class session
generally works on between 3 and 5 different throws. Each person
chooses a partner for a given throw. The partners take turns
throwing each other four times. The person doing the throwing is
called nage. The person doing the falling is called uke.
Students find they learn as much from acting as uke as nage.
If I'm falling all the time, why don't I fall apart?
Students are taught from the first day how to fall safely. This
is in fact one of the most important and pleasant aspects of
Aikido training. We train on a layer of tumbling mats or tatami.
How often should I attend class?
Students are encouraged to attend classes a minimum of 2 to 3
times a week. Your monthly fees entitle you to attend an
unlimited number of classes.
What can I expect when I begin classes?
A ranked person will work with you individually during your
first classes to prepare you gradually until you feel ready to
train with the group.
What do I wear?
Most students wear a gi. A sweatsuit or other loosely fitting
cloting is acceptable if you do not have a gi. You can often
purchase a gi at the dojo.
Must I be in good physical condition?
As with most martial arts it helps for students of Aikido to be
in good physical condition. You will build up your strength and
endurance over time at your own pace.
Can I be injured?
There is some risk from the throws, rolls, etc. in Aikido.
However, Aikido emphasizes safety. Each student is taught to be
aware his or her own, as well as partner's, ability.