Aikido at Rivertide

Rivertide Aikikai offers an opportunity for focused training in a welcoming atmosphere. Aikido techniques employ circular movements, timing and blending to effectively neutralize violent attacks with throws or joint locks. Training in Aikido develops mental focus, core strength, balance and flexibility. It can be practiced as a high intensity workout, as a meditative movement or simply for the fun of it! We seek to share our path of learning in the ”joyful and vibrant spirit” set forth by the founder of Aikido, where people of all ages and abilities come to find a path of learning that can last a lifetime.

Aiki Bokken & Jo

“Sword and Jyo are extension of your body and you must handle these weapons as if they have your blood running through them. Unless you can make the weapons part of your body (running blood), you have not truly trained in Aikido.”

– Morehei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido

Training in Aikido starts with footwork and body movements. By training with the bokken and jo, one can more deeply understand the importance of appropriate distance, rhythm, breathing, timing, and body manipulation and then relate this understanding to empty handed Aikido techniques.

Rivertide Aikikai dedicates one class a week to each the bokken (wooden sword) and jo (short staff). Sensei will additionally incorporate weapons from time to time into regular classes. We also practice disarming techniques with the tanto (wooden knife).

See schedule for Bokken.

See schedule for Jo.