Although aikido is a relatively recent innovation within the world of martial arts, it is heir to a rich cultural and philosophical background. Aikido was created in Japan by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) who trained extensively in a number of martial arts before creating aikido. Aikido is not primarily a system of combat, but rather a means of self-cultivation and improvement. Aikido has no tournaments, competitions, contests, or “sparring.” Instead, all aikido techniques are learned cooperatively at a pace commensurate with the abilities of each student. According to the founder, the goal of aikido is not to defeat others, but to defeat of the negative characteristics that inhabit one’s own mind and inhibit its functioning.
Founded in 1999 by Terry Ezra Shihan, the Komyokan Aikido Association is dedicated to integrating the profound philosophy of aikido into daily practice. Ezra Shihan feels that there is a need to make aikido truly a Way of Harmony, in both the spiritual and physical sense. Consequently, KAA practice is conducted in a spirit of honesty and integrity, and attempts to make the deeper aspects of aikido a day-to-day reality.
Training follows a methodical system based on sound principles in which relaxation and sensitivity are key elements.
The KAA is open to everyone, regardless of age, gender and racial or religious orientation.
Click the KAA Dojos button on the menu bar at the top of the page to find out if there is a KAA dojo near you, or contact the KAA headquarters:
Tel: 0151 6521526