News Update 1 Feb 2011

Focus for the week

Mon – Sankajo

Tue – Yonkajo

Wed – Shihonage / Tenchinage

Thu – Kotegaeshi

Fri – Hijiate / Weapons – Jo

Sat – Sokumen Iriminage / Weapons – Bokken

Outdoor self defence class

Held on 28th of Jan, a big thanks to all who supported the event. Great attendance and also a good turn out for the social.

Motivational seminar

Friday 11th Feb starting at 6.30 at the dojo. This seminar is a must for all foundation class students please do what it takes to be there. It will give you the tools to keep going when things get tough. Not only in your Aikido training but in all things. The seminar is open to non-members family and friends so pass the word around and don’t come alone. The seminar will finish at about 8.00pm (may over run a little) then we will adjourn to the Chestnut pub in Sherwood.

Valentines day – Juniors

If Mums and Dads feel like an evening out then we will take care of the kids on Mon 14th. Bring them along to the dojo at 6.00pm pick them up at 8.30. We will keep them busy with some fun activities and a movie. Please consider if you need to send a packed lunch. Have a great evening.

Auction – Juniors

At last a chance to spend all that hard earned Aiki Yen. Bonus payments on the day for anyone that brings a friend, we will make sure they have plenty of yen to spend at the auction. Thursday 24th of Feb an extended Junior lesson will include a fun auction. The class will start as normal and run through til 6.30. A shorter aikido lesson with the auction starting at 5.45. Mums and dads feel free to come along and join in the fun.

Goshin Day

All the classes on Fri 25th of Feb, Dragons Juniors and Adults will be given over to self defence training. Its an open house that day bring friends and family. Non members welcome. see for our class times.

Biography of O-Sensei Ueshiba Morihei – founder of Aikido

Aikido is the life’s work of its founder Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), known to Aikido students as O Sensei, or Great Teacher. A renown martial artist of his day who studied many different martial arts, O Sensei was also deeply interested in spiritual thought and disciplines. He came to understand the harmony and power of the creative process from which all things evolve.

O Sensei was born December 14, 1883 in Tanabe, Japan, and according to his family records was a short, thin, and sickly child. As a young man he was a merchant, a soldier, and a farmer, but was always drawn to the martial arts. He trained continuously to discover the essence of Budo and became an extraordinary martial artist, mastering many of the traditional fighting arts of Japan, and blending this skill together with spiritual training.

As a young man he studied Kito-Ryu and Yagyu-Ryu Jujutsu. When the Russo-Japanese war broke out, he achieved fame as a soldier for his skill with a bayonet. His bravery and sense of calm during his military service earned him the nickname of the “soldier kami” (soldier god). Just after the war, O Sensei studied Yagyu-Ryu swordsmanship. After returning home from the military, he studied Kodokan Judo.

In 1915, he met a man who had a profound influence on his study of Budo, This man was Sokaku Takeda, master of the Daito-Ryu School of Aiki-Jujutsu. At their first meeting, even though O Sensei was the stronger of the two, he was thrown every time by Takeda Sensei’s superior technique. Since then O Sensei trained with Takeda Sensei at every opportunity.

In 1919, O Sensei met Onisaburo Deguchi, the leader of the Omoto-Kyo Shinto sect. The spiritual teachings of this sect would influence the Founder in his spiritual thought. Deguchi encouraged O Sensei to make Budo his life’s work. Acting on this advice the Founder opened his own dojo, and in 1923 he officially named his art Aiki Bujutsu.

O Sensei continued his search for purpose, both spiritually and physically. He practiced day and night combining his physical training with spiritual purification. His way was made clearer in the spring of 1925, when he was transformed by a divine vision. A naval officer challenged O Sensei to a Kendo match. The Founder consented but remained unarmed. The officer, a Kendo teacher, was naturally offended at this affront to his ability and lashed out at O Sensei furiously, but the Founder easily escaped the officer’s repeated strikes and thrusts. The exhausted officer finally conceded defeat. Following the contest, O Sensei went into the garden and was overcome with feeling. He was unable to move. He felt the spirit of the universe envelop his body with  light. He realized that the purpose of Budo was the protection of all things. He later said, “Budo is not defeating the opponent by force, nor is it a tool to lead the world into destruction with arms. To follow true Budo is to accept the spirit of the Universe, keep the peace of the world and correctly produce, protect and cultivate all beings.”

Soon, his fame attracted national attention, with martial artists of all styles traveling to test his growing reputation as unbeatable. He defeated them one by one or sometimes in groups. No one could ever touch him. He seemed to disappear like smoke in their grasp. The founder of Kodokan Judo, Jigoro Kano, was dazzled by his skill, and referred to it as “my ideal in Budo.” The judo master requested that two of his major students be taken on as students of O Sensei. Many famous people, leaders in the government, military, martial artists and people in other fields studied with the O Sensei.

The outbreak of World War II seemed to change O Sensei’s priorities in teaching. He emphasized the spirituality of his teachings, saying, “Give your opponents every chance to make peace.” It was in 1942 that O Sensei formally designated his teaching as Aikido, the Way of Harmony. Even in his last days, his disciples found him in the dojo, teaching small groups of children. 86 year old Morihei Ueshiba passed away on April 26, 1969. Among his final words were, “Aikido is for the entire world.”

Spiritual principles are embodied in the flowing movements of Aikido. Negative force is met not with conflict; rather, it is joined, controlled, and redirected. The practice and study of Aikido deepens our appreciation for nature’s balance and brings us back into harmony with the environment, with other people, and with ourselves.

To train in Aikido is to challenge yourself, to face your fears and overcome your own aggressive instincts. Through serious Aikido training, negative fighting spirit becomes a creative martial spirit, one that can be examined and refined in an atmosphere of mutual respect.


Do not look upon this world with fear and loathing. Bravely face whatever the gods offer.
Morihei Ueshiba


See you on the Mat

Sensei Ken