"Aikido decides life and death in a single strike, so students must carefully follow the instructor's teaching and not compete to see who is the strongest" - O'Sensei
Aikido Schools of Ueshiba Handbook
To accomplish our goals at Shobu Aikido, we emphasize the importance of posture and presence. Posture reflects your spirit. Your center (HARA) must be developed for it is the source of strength in Aikido techniques. Mind and breath awareness are polished through movements and meditation. The brain is transformed by the repetitive practice of techniques, while the mind is broadened by discussions and readings. The spirit is further strengthened through the physical practice of Aikido Principles such as Irimi (entering), tenkan (spinning), extending Ki and weapons training.
Aikido training is a way (DO) to harmonize your energy (KI) with the energy of your partner and ultimately with the energy of the universe. To accomplish such harmony you will need to have patience with yourself and others; to be disciplined in your commitment; to respect yourself, others, the rules of the Dojo, and your Sensei (TEACHER).