What is the Aikikai?
For folks new to the martial art of Aikido, the Aikikai is the original Aikido association. It is headquartered (Hombu) in Japan, and headed by doshu, the living relative of Morihei Ueshiba. Arundel Aikikai is a member of the Capital Aikikai Federation, based out of Silver Spring MD. Capital Aikikai is an officially recognized Hombu association. Rank earned through Capital Aikikai is internationally recognized by the Aikikai.
While the Aikikai is the official organization of Aikido, you may be familiar or have trained with other organizations. As I am not versed in these, I will not do them the disservice of describing them or characterizing their methods or history incorrectly. From what I have seen in students of other styles (in very small sample sizes, as a kind disclaimer), I have observed a larger focus on specific techniques, bigger desire to compete, and more interest in the result of the technique rather than Capital Aikikai’s emphasis of exploring the universal core motions that precede and can create any technique.
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