Often called the "honorable art of getting out of the way," Aikido is a Japanese art of self-defense based on "blending" with an attack rather than clashing with it.Aikido uses many controlling techniques such as wrist-locks, throws, take-downs, and pins. One controls an attack quickly and efficiently while causing as little damage as possible. Our style is called Seidokan Aikido.
Aikido's founder, Moribei Ueshiba, a devoutly religious man, studied swordsmanship, Sumo, Jujitsu and Karate. Witnessing the carnage of World War II, he took elements from each of these arts to develop what he called the "art of peace," offering the world a tool to create understanding and harmony out of aggression and conflict.There are no tournaments or competitions in Aikido. A student seeks to conquer himself, not others, through inner development and understanding, the ultimate target of our training.
Instructor Bronson Diffin has been studying Aikido since 1996 and holds nidan rank. Bronson continues his studies under Dr. Mark Crapo, rokudan.
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Aikido practice at Southside Dojo