If you try to learn with your intellect, it is more difficult to absorb
the teachings on a deep level. The mind looks at something and
says, I don't want that; I want this instead. But as you simply
continue to train, something changes. What changes is deeper
than your intellectual knowledge, deeper than mind or heart.

- Motomichi Anno Sensei

What is Aikido?

Aikido practice is often describes as learning to move in a state of ‘flow’ with an expanded awareness of your
body in motion. This ‘budo’ or martial art was developed and founded by Morhei Ueshiba. Aikido is translated as
“the way of unifying with life energy” or “the way of harmonious spirit”. The primary goal is to develop as a human
being, “masakasu agatsu katsuhayabi” meaning, “true victory, final victory over oneself here and now”. Aikido is
now practiced in over 140 countries world wide. There are two sides to this practice, Ukemi and Nagawaza.

Ukemi is the art of receiving a technique from your partner. This is an art into itself and for most of us is by far the
more practical aspect of training. Ukemi practice involves essentially the art of recovery and regaining ones
center after losing ones balance while remaining open, aware, centered and prepared to respond to whatever
comes next. As a metaphor, Ukemi practice teaches us how to properly deal with making a mistake and move
forward in life.

Nagawaza, is the application of Aikido in terms of protection of ourselves and others when faced with aggression. The goal is to develop ones awareness of potential threats and to respond in a manner that prevents unnecessary harm to anyone. Most conflicts can be avoided if they are foreseen before they develop into actual attacks. Aikido practice is uniquely suited for those who want to protect themselves and those around them without becoming the aggressor. Aikido in its earliest years was considered a ‘finishing school’ for high level martial artists from all over Japan due to the effectiveness of the techniques and use of flow to achieve them without the need to be the stronger or faster than your attacker.

Frequently Asked Questions

Covid-19 Measures: All classes adhere to the recreational indoor requirements of the Oregon Health Authority.

What payment methods can I use to pay for classes?

Payment methods can be cash, check, or transfers such as Cash App or Zelle.
Credit card payments are not available at this time.

What should I wear?

Loose comfortable clothing that does not bind is appropriate to start, a gi can be purchased as your commitment to this practice is developed. Prior experience in aikido is welcome as is those with no prior experience.

What is the difference between Aiki Flow and Traditional Aikido ?

The aikido flow class offers a less intense experience while still providing training in proper movement, connection to one's partner, balance and posture. The class seeks to introduce fundamental aikido principles with an emphasis on ukemi skills and incorporating Tai chi and yoga into a continuous series of movements to designed to developing longer periods of being present and centered.

The Aikido class will offer a more structured and traditional atmosphere where the student will train to develop Ukemi and Nagawaza skills simultaneously. This class is open to both beginners and experienced martial artists. This class is longer and of moderate level of intensity.