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AIKIDO

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Instructor: Fushan Yuan and Ivan Korolevskiy
Duration: 10 wks
Date range: January 15 to March 23
Date(s) of the week: Tuesday and Thursday / 6:30–8 p.m. --AND-- Saturday / 10–11 a.m.
Quarter: Winter 2019
Prerequisite: None
Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 904
Price: $240
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Welcome to Aikido! The Art of Peace—a dynamic art based on harmony.

Enjoy noncompetitive training in a supportive community offered by 7th degree black belt Shihan Hideki Shiohira and his senior students. The Japanese martial art of Aikido is a comprehensive system of throwing, joint locking, striking and pinning techniques, coupled with training in traditional Japanese weapons such as the sword, staff and knife.

The Japanese martial art of Aikido is a comprehensive system of throwing, jointlocking, striking and pinning techniques, coupled with training in traditional Japanese weapons such as the sword, staff and knife.

Founded by Morihei Ueshiba early in the twentieth century following his own extensive study of various armed and unarmed martial systems, Aikido represents a potent distillation of centuries of Japanese martial knowledge. It is one of the most widely practiced budo, or martial way, in the world. However, Ueshiba (commonly called O-Sensei, or “venerable teacher”) was determined that his aikido be practiced as more than simply a method of fighting. The Japanese martial arts, influenced by the internal and meditative disciplines inherited from India and China, have often carried with them an emphasis on the development of internal, as well as physical, integrity. Wielding the life-taking sword with compassion and insight, the ideal warrior in Japanese thought is more than a simple killing machine; he is a model of uprightness, courage and loyalty, gladly sacrificing life (but never honor) in the name of principle and duty. Steeped in these traditions, O-Sensei conceived of Aikido as not only a means of vanquishing a foe, but as a means of promoting the positive character of the ideal warrior and ultimately of Aikido is shugyo: an intense physical and spiritual training that reveals who we have been all along.