Different aikido schools have different rules and regulations regarding what they believe and therefore what they teach. Here are some of the points we emphasize:
Our students rarely experience injuries, particularly those that result from forcing technique, anger, or ego. It is of the utmost importance that this remains a tenant of our dojo and aikido practice.
While injuries from punches and kicks will heal, concussions and broken bones have the potential to permanently maim and disable. For this reason our practice must be tempered and controlled. There is no place in aikido for testing effectiveness at the expense of others.
The term, "mushin", is Japanese for "no mind". The idea is that a warrior does not approach any situation with a preconceived notion of what they know or what is going to happen next.
Situations, techniques, experience levels change with every new encounter. We treat our paths in aikido as opportunities to learn and grow, not merely to exercise what we already think we know. Bring humility and enthusiasm to your practice always.
Here are some aspects of our dojo that are unique:
“Aikido has helped me develop myself physically and mentally. It helps me in my day to day interactions with people and challenges me to think and act with courage. I appreciate that the instructors here have the knowledge and passion to explain why we do things instead of only how to do them. Their example motivates me to try harder and push myself and the people here have become part of my family.”
“To me, practicing aikido is like working in the garden. First you toil with the weeds and dirt, then taking a break, you see a little flower that has bloomed and you think, "Wow, how beautiful." That's when you realize that a garden grows more than plants. I like to practice aikido with other people who are very good gardeners.”
“I find Aikido to be a martial art that offers mindful exercise. Having prior martial arts experience, to me Aikido also offers that next level of skill, flexibility, and awareness that can be taken into all aspects of our lives, both personal and professional. The balance, movement, and symmetry gives me focus and a positive end-goal. I believe it helps us to stay youthful in mind and body, and with that we can persevere.”
“I think Aikido is a very effective, subtle and graceful martial art. Training at Kimusubi Aikido Orlando Dojo encourages personal growth and helps its members better their physical and spiritual lives. Increasing one's self-awareness, and confidence; improving balance, flexibility, stamina, and overall health are just some of the things Aikido will offer you. It will also awaken an inner calm, as well as deepen your ability to connect to others...valuable qualities we can use in our everyday lives.”