Aikido Renshinkan believes that through correct, disciplined training in Aikido, physical, mental, and spiritual awareness can be realized. The first level, or realization, is physical. It is towards this goal that the practictioner is first directed.
Aikido is a martial art of Japan. It is a way of spiritual and physical cultivation that has its origins in the bujutsu (martial techniques) of Japan that have been passed down through its long histroy. It is a budo (martial way of training).
The techniques of Aikido consist of throws and pins, rather than punches and kicks. It is thus possible to subdue an opponent without causing him physical har. By positioning oneself in the opponent’s blind spot at the moment of the attack, techniques can be applied swiftly and effectively. When executed properly there is no resistance to an Aikido technique. That is to say, that the opponent cannot resist the technique being applied to him. Proper entry (irimi) into the blind spot (shikaku) and proper redirection of the opponent’s attacking force (sabaki) are the keys to Aikido techniques. Aikido has no contests and thus provides a dynamic and practical alternative to competitive sports and contest oriented martial arts. The goal of Aikido is to bring the practitioner to self-realization and ultimately to unite the mind and body as one with nature…a state in which thought and action are one and the same.
Aikido and Health
Normal Aikido practice requires movement and exercise of all major muscle groups. Pinning techniques provide stimulation to nerves, while the deep breathing system and vigorous practice together provided excellent aerobic exercise. Better self-image, self-confidence, and an overall sense of well-being are also attained through Aikido training