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Morihei Ueshiba

Morihei Ueshiba, O-Sensei, the founder of Aikido.

About Aikido


Translates as "joining"
or "combining"


Translates as "spirit" or "energy"


Translates as "way"
or "path"


Aikido is a traditional, non competitive Japanese Martial Art. It was developed early in the 20th century by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). Aikido means 'the Way of harmony with the force and principle of nature'.

Aikido is derived from Japanese traditional budo (the way of martial arts). It reflects a tradition within Japanese culture of moving from the practical development and application of various arts to the transformation of the art to a 'Way', a means of self knowledge, development and purification.

Sensei Steve Branagan Aikido may be used effectively for self defence in most circumstances. The essence of these techniques lies in the use of circular motion, which harmonises with the movement of the opponent. The force of the attack is drawn out and neutralised and the attacker is then controlled through weak points, such as the wrist, shoulders and neck. Aikido's empty hand techniques includes defences against sword, stick and knife attacks.

In addition to learning about the physical application of Aikido technique, through the training process one develops martial awareness. This helps the student to respond appropriately to situations and where possible avoid unnecessary confrontation.

Weapons training takes the form of boken (wooden sword) and Jyo (wooden staff) and some weapons training will be part of our weekly sessions.

Through the traditional training methods, the student learns in the body, and this is good for their overall health, flexibility and body condition.

Iaido or batto ho is the art of drawing the Japanese sword. Zazen is a form of mindfulness meditation. Although disciplines and traditions in their own right they are promoted within Birankai due to their complementary nature to Aikido. Through British Birankai, student of Ji Myo Kan dojo will have opportunities to learn about and train in these disciplines as well. We have regular national and international courses that student can attend that provide exposure to other teachers. Our British summer school is currently held in Worcester so is very accessible to students training at Ji Myo Kan dojo in Ledbury.

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