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About Tri City Aikido dojo

"Established in 1996, Tri City Aikido dojo is a traditional Japanese martial arts school that offers a unique training experience in the martial art of Aikido. Our self defense instruction/classes has options for Adults and children (ages 5 & Up). Our Japanese Aikido system offers non-competitive martial arts training in a very friendly atmosphere. We offer a complete curriculum of empty hand applications, ground training, weapons (sword, staff and knife), weapons disarming that is a rarity in most martial arts schools.

If you would like a "Free" Trial Class, there is no experience necessary.  Please feel free to come down on any of our scheduled days. There is no charge or obligation for this trial. See you soon."

What is Aikido | History

What is Aikido?  Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba, commonly referred to as O Sensei ("Great Teacher"). The word "Aikido" can be translated as "the way of harmony with the spirit" or "the way of unifying life energy." It is a synthesis of Ueshiba's martial studies, philosophy, and spiritual beliefs.  I think what's really important to understand early on, is that Aikido is not a sport.  The intent to hurt others for a prize or a trophy has never been the way of an Aikido practitioner.  

Here's a brief overview of the history of Aikido:

Early Life of Aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba

Morihei Ueshiba was born on December 14, 1883, in Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. Ueshiba studied several martial arts during his early life. His training in Goto'-ha Yagyu'-ryu under Masakatsu Nakai was sporadic due to his military service, although he was granted a diploma in the art within a few years. In 1901 he received some instruction from Tozawa Tokusaburo'in in Tenjin Shin'yo'-ryu' jujutsu and he studied judo with Kiyoichi Takagi in Tanabe in 1911. In Hokkaido', the young Ueshiba met Takeda Sokaku, the founder of Daito'-ryu' aiki-jujutsu and began studying with him. Ultimately, the study of various martial arts throughout his life influenced the creation of a new martial art, the art of Aikido.

Development of Aikido

Ueshiba began developing Aikido in the early 20th century. He sought to create a martial art that emphasized harmony and non-violence, incorporating his spiritual beliefs and philosophical outlook. Aikido techniques are characterized by redirecting an opponent's energy rather than meeting force with force.  Though Ueshiba was a spiritual person, Aikido itself should not be looked upon as a religion.  

Creation of the Aikikai Foundation

In 1948, Ueshiba founded the Aikikai Foundation in Tokyo, which became the headquarters of Aikido, better known as Hombu dojo. The Aikikai is the primary organization responsible for preserving and disseminating Aikido worldwide.  Currently, the Aikikai is operated by the Ueshiba family.     

Spread of Aikido

Aikido gained popularity in Japan and began spreading internationally after World War II. Ueshiba and his senior students, known as "shihan," traveled around the world to introduce Aikido to different countries.  In the Bay Area, there are several people responsible for bringing Aikido to our area back in the 60's and early 70's.  That would be Shihan Robert Nadeau, Shihan Frank Duran and Shihan Robert Frager.  These instructors are located across the bay.  Aikido training near me, in Newark Ca, can be found at Tri City Aikido.   

Development of Different Styles and Organizations

As Aikido spread, various styles and organizations emerged, each with its own emphasis and interpretations of the art. Some prominent styles include Aikikai, Shingu (Kumano region), Iwama, Yoshinkan, Shodokan (also known as Tomiki Aikido), and Ki Aikido, among others.

Legacy of Morihei Ueshiba

Morihei Ueshiba passed away on April 26, 1969. His legacy continues through the practice and teaching of Aikido by his students and their successors. Many Aikido practitioners emphasize not only the physical techniques but also the philosophical and spiritual aspects of the art. Today, Aikido is practiced by people of all ages and backgrounds around the world, with numerous dojo (training halls) dedicated to its study and practice. It remains a unique martial art that promotes harmony, personal development, and self-defense.

Top Students of Morihei Ueshiba-Aikido founder

One of O'Sensei's (founder of Aikido) first generation, top students was Hikitsuchi Sensei, Judan (10th degree black belt).  Hikitsuchi Sensei taught Aikido at the Kumano Jyuky dojo in Shingu Japan.  In this part of Japan, you will also find the Kumano shrines where O'Sensei made many spiritual trips.  The Kumano Jyuku dojo is well over 60 years old, making it the oldest Aikido dojo in Japan.  Currently, Tasaka Shihan, Nanadan (7th degree black belt) is one of the head instructors at the Kuman Jyuku dojo. Tasaka Shihan makes yearly visits to Tri City Aikido in the Bay area.

Traditional Aikido Dojo

A Dojo is:  A place of study or training hall.  The Tri City Aikido dojo specializes in authentic Aikido martial arts training.  Traditional Aikido training includes Aikido sword (kenjitsu) training, Aikido staff (bojitsu) training and Aikido knive training (tanto).  When searching for Aikido near me, know that Tri City Aikido dojo is in the heart of the Tri City area, which include Newark, Fremont and Union City.  The Tri City Aikido dojo stays involved with it's local communities and has done so in the Fremont, Newark and Union City areas for over 28 years.  That makes us the senior Aikido dojo in the area.  Anthony Campagna Sensei has lead the charge, holding the rank of Godan (5th degree black belt) through the Aikikai.  All training in the dojo is done in a traditional Japanese setting.  This includes the culture (language & etiquette), terminology and philosophy associated with the traditional Japanese martial art of Aikido.  That means, you can travel to any authentic dojo, like in Japan, and fit right in because you will learn the proper way.      

Tri City Aikido dojo is a member of the Aikikai Foundation located in Tokyo, Japan.  This is where the present Doshu (Grandmaster) resides and teaches.  Our parent school is the Kumano Jyuku dojo in Shingu, Japan.  Tasaka Shihan, master instructor, teaches at the Kumano Jyuku dojo and makes annual trips to the Bay Area.  We are very fortunate to receive such original teachings of Aikido.  The Kumano Jyuku dojo has been teaching Aikido in Japan for over 60 years and is the "Oldest" Aikido dojo in the world.  Tri City Aikido has received the honor and privelage to be an official satellite school.  


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