Seidokan Aikido

The Aikido Center Charlotte.

Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art conceived in the early part of the 1900s by the late Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). Ueshiba mastered various forms of martial arts, most notably Jujitsu (unarmed defense), Kenjitsu (sword) and Sojitsu (spear) in developing Aikido. He wanted to establish an art which was non-competitive and less destructive than his previous training. Thus, Aikido emphasizes neither street fighting nor competitive tournaments, but neutralization rather than the defeat of an attacker. Through a synthesis of the body and mind, potentially destructive energy is redirected into movement. A class in Aikido stresses form, mutual cooperation, awareness of others and the coordination of the body’s movement while maintaining a calm state of mind.

We are dedicated to the teachings of Aikido and its philosophy of cooperative peaceful living and personal character development, both on and off the mat. Our mission is to provide a safe and inspiring place where students of all levels can study and learn Aikido to compliment and enhance our mental and physical well-being.

The term Aikido comes from three words: method or way (do), harmony (ai) and mental energy or spirit (ki); thus, “The Way of Spirit Harmony.” As a holistic art it becomes a conduit for the connection between the mind, body, and spirit, both on and off the mat, which promotes mental and physical well-being.

Aikido is a sophisticated martial art with techniques that allow one to decide how much force is necessary for a particular situation by blending and harmonizing with the attacker’s energy. Aikido teaches one to relax, look at the situation, then respond clearly and directly. Aikido philosophy and principles must be understood before the art can be fully realized. Relaxation, nonresistance, centering, balance and weight are key elements in the foundation for Aikido. Although Aikido is a martial art, students appreciate the aesthetic development of the techniques. We use the principles of harmony and circular motion to control an attacker.

We are affiliated with Seidokan Aikido:

Technique as taught by Seidokan Kancho, Roderick T. Kobayashi, tends to utilize movements which are very small and economical. While Kobayashi Sensei encouraged his students to discover an aikido which is truly their own, he nevertheless stressed the importance of doing away with the extraneous and focusing on that which works. Effective technique which manifests the principles of oneness and “loving protection of all things” is the goal of Seidokan practice.

from: Seidokan Aikido’s site

Classes are taught by 3rd Dan Aikido instructor.

Visitors are always welcome, but please email first to verify the class schedule and times. Classes are Mondays and Thursdays 5:30-7pm. 234 N. Sharon Amity Rd Charlotte, NC 28211. For over 17 years we have been located at the Charlotte Unitarian Church, just off the corner of Sharon Amity and Randolph roads. The parking lot is behind the building, accessed from Gaynor Road. If the doors are locked, ring the bell and we’ll let you in. Go up the stairs, to the left, and through the triple doors.