The Ki-Aikido club was founded to encourage the practice of Aikido and to spread knowledge of Ki training and its application in everyday life. Ki-Aikido emphasizes relaxation, coordination of mind and body, and harmony with the attacker. We are a member of the Southern California Ki Society. Our head instructor is Steve Ota, with David Almcrantz, as assistant instructor.
For more information about our club, please consult the other sections of our website, at left.
We always welcome new members. If you have practiced aikido before, come on down and join our practice. If you are new to aikido, the best times to join us are at the beginning of any quarter. The beginner's class offers a special series of courses and should be taken as a complete series starting at the beginning of the quarter.
The resources section of the website hosts a collection of links to ki-aikido related information to aid our members in their study.
What is aikido?
Aikido (ai = harmony, ki = universal energy, do = the way of) is a Japanese martial art, founded by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). By its original meaning, Aikido is neither self-defense nor sport, though it is a very effective way to defend oneself. Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido (Ki-Aikido), meaning "Aikido with Mind and Body Coordinated" was developed by Master Koichi Tohei to distinguish our style from other forms. It is the art of learning how to maintain mind and body unity in movement, correcting the self, and learning how to lead others according to the universal principles of Ki. Unlike some martial arts, Aikido requires no particular advantage in size, strength, or speed to perform well. It emphasizes blending with an attacker's force and using it against him with various throws, pins, and joint-locks; falling arts (ukemi) are also taught so that in practice the student can fall without injury.
(Adapted from Ki -- A Practical Guide for Westerners by William Reed)