The founder of aikido Morihei Ueshiba (also known as O-Sensei) developed his art over the course of a long life of training and experience and consequently went through many phases in it’s development and maturation.
The style or line of aikido that we teach is known as takemusu aikido and is a traditional form of aikido that was passed on from O-Sensei to the late Morihiro Saito Sensei. Takemusu aikido can be characterised and differentiated from other schools and styles of aikido by its emphasis on the following three areas:
RIAI: The integration of empty handed practice (tai jutsu) and practice with weapon (buki waza) whereby both practices are understood as one integrated and mutually reinforcing whole.
KIHON. Strong emphasis on basic training (kihon) with a clear distinction between basic and more advanced levels of practice and technique. It is understood that the all the fundamental elements of the art are ‘encoded’ in the most basic techniques and that ability in advanced technique depends on the depth of one’s grasp of the basics.
BUDO. Aikido understood and practiced as a modern yet traditionally rooted martial art with relevance to daily life in all it’s aspects beyond the regular training in the dojo.