What is Aikido?
Aikido is a Japanese Martial art, developed in the early 1900ís by a man known by his students as O sensei, meaning great teacher. O sensei, studied
many martial arts before creating aikido.
| He had a vision that the true path of a warrior was not to kill or to
maim, but to defend, honor and protect. He was one of only a handful of men to receive successor titles from judo, jujitsu and dito ryu aiki jujitsu. Above all, O sensei was a profoundly spiritual man, who detested violence in all forms. His way was aikido, which can be translated as the art of peace.
Aikido is a truly sophisticated martial art and it is extremely difficult to obtain proficiency. There are thousands of techniques, which are based on proper body movements. This makes the art widely versatile, able to mold to individual personalities, and directly applicable to daily life. Aikido is nonviolent. Never clashing with the energy of an opponent, aikido blends with and redirects energy into peaceful conflict resolution. Aikido does this using principals of absorption (immobilization techniques) and redirection (throwing techniques). Other common martial arts use punching and kicking as a means of self defense, but these methods will injure the aggressor.
O sensei believed that someone who behaves violently and aggressively suffers from a form of sickness. Rather than hurting these people O- sensei believed they should be cared for. This is the nature of aikido. Aikido is the loving protection of all things.
Sensei Gabriel Phillips
Aikido of Casper
Move like a beam of light;
Fly like lightning,
Strike like thunder,
Whirl in circles around
A stable center.