"The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit."
Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido
In today’s world, there are many demands on our time with activities, obligations, and distractions. Why start training in Aikido when there are so many other things to do?
Aikido supports overall fitness, strengthens the body, and develops focus and discipline. More than that, however, Aikido is a path to understand who you are and how you relate to others and to situations around you. It is a way to become strong, yet compassionate, take your place in the world while learning to work with others, and to deal with situations in your life openly and confidently. It is a way to find peace both inside and out.
In Japanese, Aikido means "the way of harmony with the force and principle of nature." Aikido is derived from Japan's traditional budo ("martial way"), but is more than just a set of techniques for fighting or self-defense. It is a path where the keen edge of martial art is used as a "Way" to personal growth. There are no competitions in Aikido, which follows its philosophy of harmony and also preserves the original martial effectiveness of its techniques. Because winning and losing are never a concern, trainees can focus on the mutual goal of self-development, training and progressing at their own pace.
What to expect at Huron Valley Aikikai:
A supportive community of experienced practitioners who are eager to share their passion for training
High-quality teaching by certified instructors with decades of experience
Training that develops the whole person - body, mind and spirit
Serious practice...with some serious fun!
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Our dojo is conveniently located on Ann Arbor's west side at 1904 Federal Blvd. (at the intersection with Stadium Blvd.), directly behind the US Post Office and across the street from Big George's. Easy access to I-94, M-14 and downtown Ann Arbor and served by AAATA Buses (routes 8 and 12).
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at (734) 761-6012, or better yet, drop by the dojo to observe a class or just say hello!
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