About Aikido

Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art founded in the 1940's by Morihei Ueshiba, known as O'Sensei. While Aikido is based on the ancient arts of the sword and spear and includes throws, joint locks and pins, the modern art is unique in its philosophy of non-aggression and emphasis on the universal protection of all.

This philosophy guides the martial art's psychology and dynamics, creating an art dedicated to harmonizing with our environment and becoming centered within. Aikido practice is the life-long study to bring the mental, spiritual and physical together into one unified state.

Aikido training can be strenuous and demanding, but not violent or rough. The practice is soft but energetic, with an emphasis on connecting with your partner while maintaining a martial stature. Because the nature of Aikido practice is to resolve conflict through harmonious movement and blending with an attack, techniques can be practiced regardless of your strength or size, making training suitable for men and women of all ages.

Like all martial ways, Aikido's benefits extend outside the training space. Students enjoy improved balance, strength, speed, awareness and relaxation under stress. Regardless of age or physical ability, as long as you practice, you will improve.

Aikido Borealis is affiliated with Division Two of the California Aikido Association (CAA), originally under the guidance of Frank Doran Shihan, and now headed by Michael Friedl Shihan. The CAA is affiliated with the Aikikai Hombu Dojo, headed by Aikido Sandai Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba (grandson of the founder of aikido), in Tokyo Japan.

Ueshiba Morihei - O'Sensei