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Aikido

Aikido is a Japanese martial art and is considered the highest form of self-defense. The techniques of Aikido (pronounced eye-key-doe) allow one to blend with the movement and energy of an attacker, not with conflict, but with perfect timing, balance, and grace. The purpose of Aikido training is to learn how to draw upon one’s inner wisdom to discover a greater level of self-confidence and trust. The journey of Aikido is the way of harmony that enables one to see the beauty and unity in all things.

Ai Harmony Ki Energy Spirit Do The Way to Harmony with Spirit

Aikido Principles and Techniques

Dojo TechniquesThe techniques of Aikido are practiced with the principles of Aiki, or harmony. Aikido is the art of moving in perfect harmony with natural rhythm that begins at the hara, or "one point," which is the center of one’s power and intuitiveness. When you are balanced and centered in your own feelings, your life becomes more harmonious.

DojoThe Aiki principles train your mind to be calm with clear perception so fear, anger, or lack of confidence does not alter your body’s natural composure and movement. Instead of becoming tense and rigid in a confrontational situation, you can use the natural movements of Aikido to react with agility and efficiency.

One PointThe Four Principles of Aikido

1. Keep One Point: This principle refers to the “one point,” or hara, where we focus and calm our mind. The hara is not a fixed anatomical point, rather a point of mental focus where there is no tension. When we “keep our one point” we have a greater capacity to perceive things as they actually are, understand what needs to be done, and accept change without losing composure.

Relax2. Relax Completely:  When we relax completely and naturally, we release stress from our body and mind. A person suffering from stress finds it very difficult to relax completely, even when sleeping. By relaxing completely and moving naturally, we are free of tension and stress and have the agility to respond naturally to any situation and the flexibility to react to any circumstance.

Keep Weight3. Keep Weight Underside:  This principle is about letting the weight of our body settle naturally to its most stable position. When the body is calm, the mind is also calm, like the reflection of a still mountain lake. With no waves to disturb the reflected image, the lake reflects its surroundings perfectly without any distortions. Similarly, when our weight is underside, our mind is calm and reflects naturally without any distortions or exaggerations.

Extend Ki4. Extend Ki:  To extend Ki is to keep our Ki energy flowing outward to the world around us. The energy of the universe is known in Japan as “Ki,” in China as “Chi,” and in India as “Prana.” This universal energy is the life force that exists in all things. A person who “extends Ki” is naturally positive and full of energy, relaxed, and calm. To be alive and healthy is to have a natural flow of Ki energy.

Michael ChojnackiMichael Chojnacki, known as Kaminari Sensei, is a 4th degree black belt in Aikido and a 3rd degree black belt in Goju-Ryu Karate. Michael is chief instructor of the Ten Chi Kai Aikido Dojo where he taught Aikido for 15 years. 

Michael currently teaches how to apply the philosophy of Aikido to companies with his specialty lectures and workshops. His presentations are created for business professionals who want a greater understanding of human dynamics in leadership, communication, and life balance.

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