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AIKIDO ::

Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba (often referred to by his title 'O Sensei' or 'Great Teacher')."The Way of Harmony of the Spirit" is one way that "Aikido" may be translated into English. This is still true of Aikido today, although different styles emphasize the more spiritual aspects to greater or lesser degrees. Although the idea of a martial discipline striving for peace and harmony may seem paradoxical, it is the most basic tenet of the art. On a purely physical level it is an art involving some throws and joint locks that are derived from Jujitsu and some throws and other techniques derived from Kenjutsu. Aikido focuses not on punching or kicking opponents, but rather on using their own energy to gain control of them or to throw them away from you. It is not a static art, but places great emphasis on motion and the dynamics of movement. Aikido is an very effective form of self-defense which emphasizes good body movement, throws, and joint locks. When using Aikido properly, violent aggression can be neutralized swiftly and cleanly so that effective self-defense is possible without inflicting injury. However, it can take considerable time and effort before Aikido (or any martial art) can be used effectively in a self-defense situation, since the majority of Aikido schools do not have any competition. Most Aikido training, even in schools with competitions, is of a cooperative rather than antagonistic nature, with both thrower (nage) and throwee (uke) working as partners and trying to optimize the experience of the other.



IAIJUTSU ::

Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iai Heiho is the Japanese martial art of swordsmanship which emphasizes drawing and cutting with the samurai sword (called a ‘katana’) in a single fluid motion. Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu is a ‘koryu bujutsu'' (which means ‘ancient school martial art’) with a direct lineage back over 475 years to its founder, Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu, who developed this particular style of swordsmanship. Iaijutsu is a combative sword-drawing art but not necessarily an aggressive art because Iaijutsu is also a counterattack-oriented art. The Iaijutsu student practices not to defeat others, but rather to defeat the things within them that prevent their self-development.


JUDO ::

Judo is a Japanese fighting martial art style that focuses on off-balancing and throwing an opponent to the ground.  The word Judo consists of two Japanese characters, ju, which means "gentle", and do, which means "the way". Judo, therefore, literally means the way of gentleness. Although the gentleness may not be immediately apparent to newcomers who see bodies flying through the air and people pinned to the ground, it is this principle of gentleness, or yawara (which is the same character as the ju in judo), on which all judo techniques are based. This means that sometimes victory can be obtained by giving way, rather than by pitting force against force. Using a profound understanding of balance and movement, a judo practitioner, or "judoka," can throw a much larger opponent easily. Judo is a system of self defense, a physical and mental discipline, and an Olympic Sport. Judo was founded in 1882, in Japan, by Master Jigoro Kano, who envisioned it as a way of becoming physically and mentally fit through disciplined training. It is designed so that it can be practiced by all ages, both male and female. Judo is safe and does not involve any kicking or striking techniques. It is an excellent activity to increase physical fitness, self-esteem and self-defense.


NAGINATA ::

Naginata is an ancient Japanese pole arm that is essentially a Japanese sword blade mounted on a long handle. Naginata is one of several varieties of traditionally made Japanese blades in the form of a pole weapon. Naginata were originally used by the Samurai class of feudal Japan, as well as by ashigaru (foot soldiers) and sōhei (warrior monks). The early users of Naginata were foot attendants to the samurai, and warrior monks. The primary use was to cut horses legs during battles. Naginata is the study of the martial art use of a sword-like weapon, similar to the European halberd or glaive.  Although, they were used by Samurai, It has been primarily women, for centuries and now bamboo equivalents are still used to practice the form.  We practice the choreographed forms, called engi, for discipline and exercises. While originally a weapon of war, Naginata now has both a form appropriate for modern competitive sport as well as a wooden form (somewhat less lethal than the original steel one) for the safe study of the ancient forms.



KENDO ::

Kendo or "Way of the Sword", is the martial art of Japanese fencing. Kendo is a modern style of martial art based on the traditional sword training. Kendo is practiced using "swords" made of split bamboo called shinai and extensive protective armor (bogu) is worn to protect specified target areas on the head and body. Practitioners of kendo are called kendoka (one who practices kendo) or kenshi (swordsman). Kendoka also use bokuto (wooden swords) to practice set forms known as kata. While it is a competitive sport, Kendo is a physically and mentally challenging activity that combines strong martial arts values with sporting-like physical elements. Arising from this harsh existence and their study of both body and spirit, they found a way to live their lives with dignity.  This elevated manner of living can be attained through the training and study of Kendo.  While Kendo has competitive aspects, the ultimate aim us for one to utilize the study of Kendo to train the mind and body, and discipline the human character.



KYUDO ::

Kyudo (kyu - the bow; do - the way) is a Japanese martial art type of archery that is centuries old. It differs most conspicuously from western archery in its use of the asymmetrical Japanese bow (about 2.20 meters long), without any sight device or arrow rest, its costume, which has developed from that of the Samurai warrior, and the ceremonial order of the shooting process. Kyudo is rather internal exercise. It trains your concentration and composure, sharpens your physical awareness and has a positive consequence on your posture, balance and motions. Moreover, Kyudo is also a sort of mental training that helps to develop your personality. Kyudo practice as all budō includes the idea of moral and spiritual development. Today many archers practice kyudo as a sport, with marksmanship being paramount. However, the goal most devotees of kyudo seek is seisha seichū, "correct shooting is correct hitting". As it isn´t your muscular power but the sensitive coordination of your motion that counts, Kyudo can be practiced by men and women. While kyudo is primarily viewed as an avenue toward self-improvement, there are often kyudo competitions or tournaments whereby archers practice in a competitive style.


 


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