“If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner's mind, there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind,
there are few.”
Aikikai Aikido Dulwich
offers Aikido training for mind and body in West Dulwich, London. Aikido is a unique, dynamic Japanese martial art combined with mindfulness. We relate to Aikido as “ Zen in motion”. Practising “Zen in motion” will see you quickly gain the benefits of mindfulness bringing not only greater focus and technical improvement, but a general sense of peace and well-being. Zen in Motion helps many overcome the mental and physical struggles we face in our daily life. It can be very personal, and everybody has a different way of dealing with stressful situations day-to-day. At Aikikai Aikido Dulwich, we believe in individuals and appreciate all the differences we have as human beings. A specific tradition of martial arts guides our training, but we do not want to force culture on people. Instead, we try to bring people into the tradition. We want to help everyone improve in their own space and to recognise the qualities of every individual, and how each person’s unique attributes can strengthen our tradition. We want to bring out the best in each person, so that each of us becomes a better, healthier member of the community around us, in their unique way.
Aikido is open to everyone: men and women, young and old, all physiques and levels of fitness. The approach to martial arts in Aikido is not to learn to fight but rather to learn to control the mind and find peace within oneself. Aikido is a responsive martial art, which means we learn to expand and focus our awareness and act fluidly and harmoniously. It makes Aikido useful for training, not just the body but the mind too. The methods, in this martial art, work for every type of ability and body shape. As we progress, we learn to roll, fall, throw and learn evasive manoeuvres, build physical fitness, endurance and stamina, with joint locks and pinning techniques to help develop flexibility. We each work with a partner rather than fight opponents, and this non-competitive aspect helps each person learn at their own pace and have fun. Aikido does not have limits to its combinations of techniques or its ideas, and each time we practice, we discover new depths, new strengths, and unique talents within ourselves.
We are a member of the Lancashire Aikikai and affiliated with Yokohama International Aikido Club (横浜国際合気道会). The Yokohama Club was established in 1997 by Atsushi Mimuro Shihan. He is the technical director of Aikido Dulwich and Lancashire Aikikai. Mimuro Shihan is a direct student of Seigo Yamaguchi. Seigo Yamaguchi was born 13 April 1924, in Fukuoka, Japan, he was introduced to Morihei Ueshiba in 1950 and entered the Aikikai in 1951. Seigo Yamaguchi was a 9th dan Aikido instructor and influential teacher in the Aikikai. Yamaguchi Shihan died on 24 January 1996, peacefully passing away in his sleep.
Aikido is a non-competitive Japanese martial art founded by Morihei Ueshiba (14 December 1883 – 26 April 1969). He is referred to as Osensei (大先生/翁先生), “Great Teacher” or “The Founder” Kaiso (開祖). The Founder`s inspiration to his broad study and knowledge of martial arts and his religious beliefs was enormous. He firmly believed that Aikido is the way for a happy and healthy life for humankind. Translation of Aikido as “the way of unifying (with) life energy” or as “the way of the harmonious spirit” is widespread in the aikido world. The Founder’s goal was to create a martial art that is highly effective self-defence, while simultaneously leaving the attacker uninjured.