Welcome to Martial Arts

Onegaishimasu!

Good greetings, and welcome to martial arts with Arundel Aikikai! Our humble instruction and kind approach set us apart from many area studios.  I experienced this environment in my first Aikido instructor.  I'm happy to be able to pass along this martial arts training setting to you!

In our martial arts, we focus on the basics and fundamentals of martial movement found in Aikido. Our martial arts are taught with energy and enthusiasm; we love what we do! Curriculum is nonlinear as each student (and the instructor) work on improving their skills across 5 core milestones of martial arts. The goal for our students is for them to advance beyond technique! Students can test for rank, but are not required to do so.  Everyone has access to the same knowledge and training experiences. In movement martial arts such as Aikido, the same exact lesson can provide basic, intermediate, and advanced learning opportunities for students depending on student skill.

When attacked, unify the upper, middle, and lower parts of your body. Enter, turn, and blend with your opponent, front and back, right and left.

 

Morihei Ueshiba, O'Sensei

What do we teach?

Our main focus is the Japanese martial art of Aikido. Aikido is a martial art of minimalism; it seeks to use the least amount of energy, effort, strength, speed, and work to stop attackers. If you're new to Aikido, I'm thrilled you're considering learning Aikido with us.  If you're new to martial arts, I'm humbled and honored that you're thinking of Aikido as a starting point for your martial arts journey! Training in martial arts is a wonderful and amazing experience.  There are a lot of styles, teachers, and choices out there!

Martial arts, when taught and studied correctly, are an immensely beneficial and rewarding pursuit.  When taught incorrectly or the teaching method is inappropriate for the student, they are less beneficial, and may even be harmful!.  A large part of our website is dedicated to educating you - as a consumer - about martial arts, martial arts instructions, and martial arts businesses.  Whether you study martial arts with us at Arundel Aikikai or find another martial arts studio that meets your needs better, I have found the martial arts journey to be meaningful beyond measure. I wish the same for you!

Even the most powerful human being has a limited sphere of strength. Draw him outside of that sphere and into your own, and his strength will dissipate.

Morihei Ueshiba, O'Sensei

How do we teach?

If - when you think of martial arts classes - the first thing you picture involves shouting martial arts instructors, angry pajamas, and abuse... you're in for a surprise with martial arts at Arundel Aikikai.  We teach martial arts with a kind attitude and a contagious enjoyment of our martial arts content. 

I love studying martial arts!  I cherish the unique experiences and learning opportunities of honest training. I love martial arts on a content-level. Most of all, I love opening the door to others' martial arts journeys. You can experience pushups, group fitness, and/or needless abuse at other martial arts businesses if that's what you're looking for! 

Each martial arts class we teach is unique, but follows the same basic patterns.  Our educational approach could be considered "flipped," spending martial arts dojo time critically examining marital arts content with the instructor and your peers. Our attitude in training is open, kind, and contagious!

Our primary approach to measuring student skill is through tracking progress in martial arts milestones. Students can test for rank if they wish, but testing or not testing for martial arts rank does not keep students from learning any content!  Arundel Aikikai offers color-belt testing for it's youth and teen students.  Teen and adult students can test for internationally recognized martial arts rank in Aikido through our parent dojo, Capital Aikikai.  Martial arts rank obtained through testing at Capital Aikikai is officially recognized by the Aikikai in Japan. 

The Divine is not something high above us. It is in heaven, it is in earth, it is inside of us.

Morihei Ueshiba, O'Sensei

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