Aikido comprises an almost endless continuum of techniques that typically restrain or throw an attacker. The techniques use the attacker’s energy to unbalance or disturb the structure of the attacker, whether unarmed or armed. This martial art is primarily defensive in nature and seeks to neutralize differences in speed, strength, height and weight. Our curriculum includes practice against multiple attackers, and with one person holding a bokken (wooden sword), jo (staff), or tanto (wooden dagger).
Bokkendo is the art practiced with a wooden sword. Jodo is the art of the four foot, wooden staff, which was originally developed to contend with a swordsman. The movements and katas (pre-arranged series of movements) that are taught have been derived by Imaizumi Sensei from established weapons arts and from the direct teaching of the founder of Aikido. Our weapons curriculum represents a unique blend of various classical training styles crafted to complement aikido training and should not be confused with direct training in any one of those source arts. Martial arts in Japan were derived from fighting arts in an era in which most opponents were armed, with the sword being one of the primary weapons. Learning how to use these weapons helps the student to understand the nature of Aikido and the movements in Aikido. It also heightens the sense of timing and spatial awareness between two people, which leads to the better execution of unarmed techniques.
Genkido is comprised of a series of solo and paired training exercises designed to develop Ki and internal power structure in our bodies. This foundation is the core that underlines the uniqueness of the martial art of Aikido.