Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art for adults and children.
The dojo is committed to the traditional study of Aikido as taught by T.K.Chiba Shihan and Birankai North America, and Hombu Dojo.
Grass Valley Aikikai is located in the foothills of the northern Sierra Nevada mountains in the heart of the historic Gold Country. Visitors are welcome.
The essence of Aikido technique is spherical motion around a stable, energized center. As in a tornado or whirlpool, the forces created not only deflect the force of the attack but draw the attacker into the Aikidoist’s control. Aikido is known for graceful techniques, swift, seemingly effortless movements that fling an attacker through the air, or by means of subtle pressure applied to joints, immobilize and control the opponents. Either effect is the result of precise timing, leverage, and the instinctive use of centrifugal and centripetal forces.
Aikido has been described as “Moving Zen”. As with all Zen arts, though the final aim is personal transformation, the focus of the dojo (training hall), is practical. Repetition and hard work are required to master the fundamentals of movement, timing and breathing.
Practicing with partners, each working at her or his own level, students alternate as the attacker and one who receives the attack. Learning to take falls safely is an important aspect of training. Whether executing the technique, or taking a fall, the Aikidoist trains to blend with or capture the opponent’s energy and harmlessly redirect it.
The rewards of training include stamina, flexibility, improved muscle tone and self awareness. But effectiveness does not depend on strength. Ultimately, it is the attack that brings down the attacker. The student of Aikido seeks to identify and gain control of the way he or she reacts to opposition, while remaining centered under all conditions. Above all, training is an encounter with oneself.
"The Art of Peace begins with you. Work on yourself and your appointed task in the Art of Peace. Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here for no other purpose than to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment. Foster Peace in your own life and then apply the Art to all that you encounter."
*All quotations from "The Art of Peace" by Morihei Ueshiba.