Aikido

Throw from shoulder grab

Aikido is a martial art that reflects its underlying philosophy of peace and harmony; it is also known as the "Art of Peace". Aikido does not follow a strategy of incapacitating an aggressor through violence. Instead the techniques form a system of self-defence where the power of an aggressor's own attacks is used to throw or immobilise them.

Aikido seeks to remove conflict from a confrontation and create harmony. Both attacks and blocking is seen as creating conflict. It is often said by the sensei that you should never interfere with an aggressor’s attack, but instead lead them into a technique.

Stomach punch technique.

Aikido is designed to provide defence from attack by either single or multiple aggressors. Training also involves the use of weapons. We use weapons to practice techniques for disarming attackers and to overcome fear responses associated with facing armed aggressors. We also use weapons to learn to move harmoniously with both an object and our training partners.

The underlying philosophies of Aikido are what most distinctly differentiate it from most martial arts. Most modern arts adhere to their own moral codes usually centring on self-defence, but the techniques themselves often force their practitioners to follow a basic tactic of violently incapacitating an aggressor. Aikido offers a different path. The techniques allow a skilled practitioner to immobilize an aggressor without causing them injury, or defend themselves from multiple attackers without striking any of them.

The Founder - Morihei Ueshiba

Morihei Ueshiba (O'Sensei)

Aikido is a modern martial art that was created early in the 20th Century. Aikido was created by Morihei Ueshiba (1883 - 1969) whom all Aikidoka (practitioners of Aikido) refer to as O'Sensei which means great teacher. O'Sensei was a master of several of Japan's traditional martial arts but above all he was a man of peace. He was a deeply spiritual man who taught that martial arts should be a means by which people could learn to live in harmony and as a way of protecting and nurturing all things.

In the creation of Aikido he brought together the best elements of his expertise in many traditional Japanese martial arts and moulded them into an art that expressed his philosophical vision of harmony, protection and universal love. He continued to refine his art throughout his life, evolving Aikido techniques away from the killing and fighting arts that were their forebears and creating the gentle flowing techniques that we see in Aikido today.

Kiochi Tohei and the Ki Society

Koichi Tohei Sensei

Many of O'Sensei's students, and their students, have started schools to teach Aikido and spread his philosophies. One of the foremost among these students was Koichi Tohei Sensei (1920-2011) who rose to the position of Chief Instructor of the Aikikai Hombo Dojo and was the only person awarded 10th Dan by O'Sensei and issued with a formal scroll of rank.

In 1971 Tohei Sensei created the Ki Society (Ki No Kenkyukai) to teach Ki principles and mind and body co-ordination outside the Aikido framework. In 1974 he founded Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido (Aikido with unification of mind and body), left the Aikikai, and started teaching his style under the auspices of the Ki Society.

The Australian Aikido Ki Society

Australian Aikido Ki Society Logo

Formed in 2005, the Australian Aikido Ki Society (AAKS) is comprised of a number of Australian Aikido Dojo’s that were once affiliated with the Ki Society. While no longer affiliated, this organisation’s teachings have their roots in the teachings of O'Sensei (Morihei Ueshiba) and Koichi Tohei Sensei. More information on the AAKS is available in the following section.

The Australian Aikido Ki Society formed in 2005. Its membership consists of a number of Australian Aikido dojos. The AAKS employs a different administration model to the traditional model. The AAKS is managed by a council of dojo representatives and a yearly rotation of senior positions among representatives. By contrast, the traditional model consisted of a Chief Instructor appointed for life (or until retirement). The AAKS seeks to provide consistent teaching and administration practices across member dojos. For example, where possible, if a student is fully insured at one dojo they are insured across all AAKS dojos.

The AAKS provides instruction in Ki and Aikido. This includes training in the techniques of Aikido and Ki training such as meditation, breathing, stretching and Ki development exercises. Training also has a strong emphasis on Aikido philosophies and principles. The teachings of the AAKS have their roots in the teachings of O'Sensei (Morihei Ueshiba) and Koichi Tohei Sensei.

The AAKS conducts a number of seminars each year to ensure consistent teaching between dojos and to encourage the social aspects of dojo membership. These seminars often include senior gradings, the opportunity to train with other instructors from with the AAKS and special guest instructors from other styles or arts.

Should you have any questions regarding the AAKS please feel free to discuss them with a Sensei.

AAKS 2008 seminar at Shinkondo dojo AAKS 2008 Seminar at Shinkondo dojo