1) Ki and Aikido
The word Aikido means the “way to unite with Ki” (氣). Ki is a vital energy filled in the universe, which gives birth to and fosters every creature on the earth. Therefore, each and every one of us naturally inherits a portion of this universal energy “氣” from our birth. It is up to us to decide how to use that vital energy – whether in a positive way or in a negative way. If we utilize it in a positive way, it lets us take the path that leads to respecting and cherishing each other. On the other hand, if we use it in a negative way, it lets us take the opposite path leading to denying not only ourselves but also other people.
Aikido was developed in the early twentieth century as an art of self-defense utilizing Ki through physical and spiritual training. Practicing Aikido is one of the most effective ways to know how to use our Ki in a positive manner and guide our future to the right path.
2) Shushinkan-Aikido （秀心館合氣道）
As to an ancient view, the best victory is not achieved by fighting and defeating opponents, but by abandoning a fighting mind and transcending the dichotomy between winning and losing.
Shushinkan-Aikido is an art of training oneselves, cultivating the ability to avoid needless fights, find positive sides of things and see them open-mindedly. In order to perform our techniques well, physical strength is not essential; the most important thing is to know how to use our body and Ki effectively to protect ourselves – that is to know how to control the opponent’s fighting mind by respecting and leading his/her Ki .
In Shushinkan-Aikido, we provide for anyone such opportunities to learn this way of self-protection.
3) Aikido and More
In Shushinkan Aikido, especially in the advanced classes, we are pursuing and developing practical aspects of Aikido – simulating situations under which we have to cope with an opponent bearing a weapon or delivering a sequential attack – by borrowing techniques such as “Atemi” from Yagyu-shingan Ryu, which is another traditional (ancient) martial art (Kobudo). We utilize the skills to advance our abilities to effectively forestall, fend off attacks from opponents and discourage them against keep attacking.
4) Free Trial Lessons
We offer Aikido classes for children, students, adults, seniors – for people who want to stay in shape, learn self-defense skills, or master Aikido techniques. Trial lessons in English are available as follows:
- For children in 6th grade and under: Saturday at 4:00 p.m. (in Tsukushino Dojo)
- For adults and students in 7th grade and above: Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 p.m. (in Yanokuchi Dojo)
A combination of Aikido and Yagyu-shinganryu, two Japanese martial arts which, from Master Miyahata’s point of view, can be considered to complement with each other
The founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, had learned many other martial arts, including Yagyu-shingan style or Yagyu-shingan-ryu (柳生心眼流). Since he created Aikido by mixing, refining and crystallizing the essence of those techniques in a new martial art, several basic skills from Yagyu-shinganryu, including Atemi (当身, techniques of delivering a hit or kick to deter your opponent from attacking) remained in his Aikido techniques.
Miyahata-sensei’s direct Aikido master was Tohei Koichi (Tohei-sensei). Tohei sensei used to be a pupil of Ueshiba-sensei. After the death of Ueshiba-sensei, Tohei-sensei created his own school of Aikido, which is called Shinshin-toitsu Aikido (so Miyahata-sensei’s Shushinkan-Aikido is mostly based on Tohei-sensei’s style). Tohei-sensei was as a gifted martial artist as Ueshiba-sensei. He trimmed the offensive aspects form the original Aikido and transformed it into a new style which puts more focus on the unification of mind and body and body-relaxation in each technique. Comparing these two styles, it can be said that Tohei-sensei’s techniques are softer and lighter than those of Ueshiba-sensei’s (it’ s not easy to decide which style is more practical as a martial art).
From Miyahata-sensei’s point of view, though Tohei-sensei style is quite polished, it may not easy especially for female pupils to control adult men with those “soft and light” techniques, unless they become more skilled and flexible than male pupils. Since Miyahata-sensei knew that Ueshiba-sensei had learned Yagyu-shinganryu, Miyahata-sensei has been learning and studying its techniques and has found that Shushinkan-Aikido (which is based on Tohei-sensei style) would become more practical especially for female pupils or pupils of small build if he introduces some of the useful techniques such as Atemi to and combines with the Tohei-sensei’s polished style.