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What is aikido?
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What is aikido?

Aikido is a form of Japanese martial arts designed primarily for self defense. The art was founded in the late 1930's by a man named Morihei Ueshiba, a master of nearly thirty different martial arts. Students of Aikido refer to the founder as O-Sensei, which means great teacher.

Aikido is not simply a blend of martial arts in an attempt to create a "perfect style." Instead, its development was deeply influenced by O-Sensei's philosophical beliefs. O-Sensei believed that all forms of competition and conflict were wrong, and created a martial art based on the idea of giving in to your opponent rather than struggling against him. As a result, it is an art, which allows a practitioner to restrain and control a larger, more powerful attacker without having to cause excessive damage.

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The Brandeis Aikido Club is open to all members of the Brandeis community interested in learning more about the art of Aikido.
Classes are free, and we openly accept new members.

Practice is held in the wrestling room above the Linsey Pool on

Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 - 7:00pm.


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Our instructor
Ken Sugino Nidan

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