Tri City Aikido
Tri City Aikido academy of martial arts specializes in the Japanese martial art of Aikido. The head instructor has over 25 years of experience in martial arts training and over 20 of teaching experience in the martial art of Aikido. Tri City Aikido academy of martial arts is a place where we specialize in the Japanese martial art of Aikido. Tri City Aikido was founded back in 1996 and has been doing business in the Tri City area (Fremont, Union City and Newark) for over 16 years and has good reason for it's success; Solid, effective training results. During those years, people of all ages and ability have been coming to Tri City Aikido to be educated in the martial art of Aikido. What's is most interesting is that many people come for many different reasons. Some come to train in a traditional martial art, while others maybe seeking the health benefits and the positive environment the art has to offer.
The dojo is a place where the focus of your mind is turned up and relaxation of the body is fundamental. The movements practiced encourage very natural movements of the body. Many people have come to understand that training in Aikido isn't just about the physical movements, but how you come to think and or percieve action. If you have a mind of conflict, then your words and your body will tend to follow that energy line. Every Aikido dojo (school) will have it's commonalities, i.e. basic fundamental practice, terminology, attire like the hakama...but they may also differ immensely by the principles and philosophy set forth by the dojo cho (head instructor). One example of the possible differences would be, "It's not about the destruction of others, but the preservation of yourself." This could be looked at as not allowing a violent situation to manifest to begin with by preventing the opening or perhaps doing just enough to get the job done without the use of excessive force. The search for peace through martial arts is the goal here at Tri City Aikido. It is a place where you can find a balance of spiritual awareness training while maintaining a sharp martial edge that creates a wonderful and dynamic learning environment.
What is Aikido
Aikido is a traditional budo (martial art) developed in Japan by Morihei Ueshiba. Aikido's history or lineage is based on older methods of martial arts like: Ju jitsu, spear, sword and knife. No one art can take the credit for the birth of Aikido. Aikido is known for it's graceful and flowing movements, but what is not obviously apparent is the martial edge disquised in those graceful and flowing motion. Like Tai Chi, Aikido's objective is to transform your body and mind on to the pathway of nonresistance. Since nonresistance is key, one should never collide with the force of the attacker. Like a matador dealing with a bull, or a sailor using the wind to move the boat, Aikido deals with force in such the same manor. It doesn't matter if it's a punch, kick or take down, when something intense is headed toward you, it's imperative to change your angle and move in such a way that the energy of the blow is guided in another direction. Through this practice, Aikido will lead you to a pathway of nonresistance. A path in which lifes obstructions and difficulties are handled differently. In short, Aikido will teach you how not to fight. This of course applies to martial arts training (self defense) as well as any combative situations that may come your way. If one could get past the physical practice, you would be able to experience a spiritual dimension to the art supported by ethical principals to build and maintain a strong and respectable character as you would have found in the ancient Samurai of Japan centuries ago. Aikido is budo.
Martial artists are typically people who desire to take on the ultimate opponent and that opponent is yourself. Change has a price and to make significant changes to yourself requires great effort, focus and guidance. This, once again will is require the dojo. Through the training in Aikido, you will come to know your short falls from a performance standing. That is when a conscious decsion must be made on whether to be complacent or work towards developing a better you. At Tri City Aikido, martial arts is a vehicle used primarily for the transformation of ones self. Ones character becomes calmer and poised so it is ready to deal the proper hand dealt. The execution of true power is not displayed by a violent act, but the potential to act instead.