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What is Aikido?

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Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art. Its movements appear soft and flowing, but are at the same time very subtle and powerful. The art's techniques and philosophies are derived from the principles of Japanese sword and battlefield arts. These principles are synthesized into a complete martial way (budo) that while certainly effective for use in self-defense teaches the practical development of: awareness, intent, focus, coordinated movement, and physical engagement without the use of strength or resistance.

Aikido study creates students who maintain a martial "edge" as sharp as a blade, but also a disciplined spirit committed to reconciling conflict and violence without resorting to reciprocal violence and injury. The Founder of Aikido stated,
"To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury is Aikido."
Ultimately, we strive to replace resistance or control with physical and spiritual connection. In the pursuit of this ideal, we discover that self-defense is not found in the defeat or even the protection from others. True self-defense is found in freedom from our own internal physical and emotional conflict. Self-defense begins inside ourselves.


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Dojo Address

The Shoppes at Howell Branch
3764 Howell Branch Road
Winter Park, FL 32792

Dojo Phone: (321) 295-7590

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