About Us - Aikido

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASensei Dewitt Cooper was trained in Aikido at Shuseikan Jacksonville, Seidokan Dojo Canada and Tenshinkan Japan.

Aikido is a Japanese martial art of self-defence.  It uses the energy of the attack and circles it back onto the aggressor.   The Japanese word Aikido is written with three characters that translate as “The Way of Spiritual Harmony.”   Harmonious movement, or blending, is at the heart of this discipline, you can even convert youtube 2 mp3. Movements in Aikido may be spectacular and send the attacker flying, or they may be small and control the wrist and elbow joints in subtle but persuasive ways.

What is Yoshinkan Aikido?

Aikido is a modern martial art derived from the Samurai fighting techniques of ancient Japan. Developed during the 1920s, the technical foundations of Aikido can be traced back to aiki-jujitsu, which evolved in feudal Japan.

Aiki-jujitsu techniques were practiced by Prince Teijun, son of Emperor Seiwa (850–880 AD) and passed on to succeeding generations of the Minamoto family. Throughout this time, the techniques were refined to provide an effective form of hand-to-hand combat.

Morihei Ueshiba (1882–1968) became a recognized master of aiki-jujitsu and several other martial arts. He also believed in peace. In 1925, he organized a style of aiki-jujitsu to assist his spiritual and physical development. The result was modern aikido.

Morihei Ueshiba teaching at the Kobukan dojo in the 1930s

Aikido is not a conventional fighting art or sport. Instead, it is a martial art that develops the ability to harmonize with opposing forces, rather than combat them. Many circular and spherical movements are involved in aikido to redirect opposing forces toward a less harmful destination.

One of Ueshiba’s top students was Gozo Shioda (1915–1995). In 1955, after training for many years and receiving ninth dan, Shioda Sensei formed the Aikido Yoshinkan Foundation. Shioda Sensei’s style of aikido became known as Yoshinkan, a name he inherited from his father: “yo” meaning cultivating, “shin” meaning spirit or mind, and “kan” meaning house. Therefore, Yoshinkan means the “house for cultivating spirit” or the “place for developing one’s spirit.”

The world headquarters (Honbu dojo) of Yoshinkan Aikido is located at the heart of Tokyo, Japan, in Shinjuku. More than 1,000 students train there every month. In addition, there are more than 90 Yoshinkan Aikido dojos in Japan.

Over the years, Yoshinkan Aikido became world recognized as an effective martial art and was chosen as core curriculum for the Tokyo Riot Police, female police officers, and other forces throughout Japan.