Some thoughts about aikido and COVID-19

What can I practise during a lockdown?


 

2020 : New Year, New Challenge... 

Aikido involves physical proximity and contact, and use of shared facilities and mats.

It therefore represents a high risk in terms of coronavirus transmission.

In the interests of members' safety and slowing the spread of COVID-19,

we have taken the decision to suspend classes until further notice,

with an interim review on April 16th.

Any updates will be posted here. 


Aikido is a modern discipline with its roots in Japanese martial arts. Developed in the early 20th century by its founder, Morihei Ueshiba, and based on his background of rigorous training in traditional Japanese jujutsu, sword and spear techniques, aikido offers a comprehensive system of throwing, joint-locking and pinning techniques. It is effective as a martial art, but it is based on a philosophy of non-violence and self-fulfilment, and its essence goes beyond the resolution of physical conflict.

Ueshiba, often referred to as "O Sensei" ("the great teacher"), spent the latter half of his life developing his physical disciplines as a means of refining and uplifting the human spirit. He named the result 'aikido', which can be roughly translated as 'the way of harmony with natural energy'. Aikido is a true 'budo' path, in which training in a physical discipline is used as a 'Way' to spiritual growth. As a result, practising aikido has both physical and psychological benefits.

In recent decades, aikido has risen in global popularity while remaining true to the principles of budo. In accordance with the founder's ideals, aikido has remained distinct from sports, in which one person competes with another. Aikido offers a path for personal development, for people who want to fulfil their human potential.


Aikido is a Way

There is commitment and there is obligation.

Do not abuse or misuse the art of aikido.

Study carefully, honestly and humbly.

Respect your seniors and look after your juniors.

 

Sugano Seiichi Shihan - 1939-2010