Welcome to the Keijutsukan Aikido Dojo website!
Aikido, meaning “the way of energy/spirit harmony” is a Japanese budo (martial way) that involves physical, mental, spiritual and ethical disciplines. It includes empty-hand, sword, staff and knife defences and is unique amongst the martial arts.
The Keijutsukan Aikido Dojo seeks to study Aikido as a practical and effective method of conflict management, self-protection and self-improvement. The term Keijutsukan is an acronym derived from the Japanese kanji characters meaning the “place of police/security method”.
Both practice and the teaching syllabus within the dojo place particular or specific emphasis on police, law enforcement or professional security related or relevant methods of Aikido training. The dojo also incorporates some of the principles, tactics and techniques from the Japanese police system of taiho-jutsu, meaning “body-capture” or “arresting” art.
The dojo strives to develop a state of calm and determined control in the student, termed Fudoshin; literally "immovable mind" thus the individual is confident and focussed to deal with a situation and that judgement is not impaired. This is a philosophical and mental dimension that should never be underestimated when dealing with a threat in a highly stressful situation.
To become proficient at Aikido one must understand that it is a discipline of mind, body and spirit. The body grows strong through constant repetition of techniques and form exercises under the watchful eye of an instructor. The mind will gain clarity and be free of the anxiety that clouds judgement and control. The spirit is forged to develop courage and discipline.
Great emphasis is placed on the solid appreciation and understanding of the foundation elements/principles of Aikido and relevant conflict management/resolution tactics. The practice of “technique” is merely a vehicle to aid this understanding.
The intellectual and physical elements of the discipline create the whole; if any are lacking then it will manifest itself in ones ability to use it effectively.