Aikido is a practice of body movements to evade or redirect an attacking opponent thereby enabling opportunities for throws, joint-locks, escapes or counter strikes.
Damon Schearer - Yondan (4th Dan)
Clare Engel - Yondan (4th Dan)
Andrew Thompson - Shodan (1st Dan)
Aikido was founded in the 1930s and 1940s by Morihei Ueshiba, referred to as O’Sensei, who was a farmer, soldier, and master of many traditional Japanese fighting arts. From the time of founding Aikido, O'Sensei continued to refine and develop his art until his death in 1969. The various styles that exist today have emerged through his many students spreading the art with a focus on their particular perspectivee based upon their time studying with O'Sensei.
Irrespective of the school of Aikido, collectively there are key principles that are generally perceived across all styles as important:
Atemi - A distraction strike to a vital point to break focus.
Awase - Blending movement and energy of the attacker.
Chushin Sen - Keeping action within the body’s centre line.
Irimi – Entering inside of the attack.
Kokyu Ryoku - Relaxed power generated from the tanden.
Kuzushi - Taking and controlling of partners balance.
Maai - Proper spacing from one's opponent before combative engagement.
Metsuke - Eye contact without focusing on a single point.
Mushin - A state of mind where mind is not fixed on or occupied by any thought or emotion.
Musubi - The link between attacker/defender permitting the smooth execution of technique.
Tai Sabaki - Fluid and relaxed body movements.
Tsukuri - Correct positioning in preparation of applying a technique.
Zanshin - A state of relaxed awareness that is maintained at all times.
Aikido at Kuroyama Budokai Dojo does not follow a specific style, but rather draws its inspiration in study from the collective and diverse experiences of its instructors and the teachers that have influenced them.
Through a strong relationship with the Bayside Budokai in Queensland, Kuroyama Budokai members have access to Yudansha grading opportunities overseen by the Shosenji Dojo in Osaka.
The principle motto Aikido training at Kuroyama Budokai is Ichi Go Ichi E which can be translated as one meeting one chance. and encapsulates the concept of mindfulness that has begun to resonate in contemporary society.