Aikido can be translated as the "Way of Harmony" and is a peaceful approach to the ancient Japanese Budo traditions.

Briefly noted Aikido is a precious gift, founded, refined and passed on for all of us to continue to develop by Master Morihei Ueshiba affectionately known as O'Sensei or Great Teacher.

Aikido is a new martial art, or shin budo, established by O'Sensei during his lifetime (1883-1969). While new chronologically speaking, Aikido itself is based on martial techniques and traditions reaching back over 800 years.

Aikido teaches fluid movements that redirect an opponent's energy with throws, flips, other off-balancing moves and numerous hand and wrist locking techniques. It is a non-competitive art. Each practitioner works only to better oneself and fellow students.

The dojo (training hall) is a safe and clean environment where cooperation and community are reinforced. We encourage anyone interested to stop by during regular class times to observe or try a class and learn more about our practice.

Aikido lineage Our lineage is linked directly to the founder of aikido and can be traced as follows:

  • Morihei Ueshiba Sensei - Founder of aikido
  • Tamura Nobyoshi Sensei - Uchi Deshi or "live in" student of O'Sensei and founder of the French Aikido & Budo Federation
  • Jaff Raji Sensei - Dedicated disciple and teacher under Tamura Sensei for over 20 years and founder of the Ecole de Budo RAJI - International

To learn more For in-depth details on O'Sensei's life and history, you can begin by referring to the following websites which in turn will link you to a whole world of further reading and history on this incredible teacher and his art.