Friday, March 2, 2012

Aikido

Aikido is one of the newer martial arts, starting in Japan in the twentieth century, and is a method of self defense utilizing throws and joint holds.   Common movements in Aikido are based on those of Japanese swordsmanship. Aikido translates as “the way of harmonious spirit”. Aikido was founded by Morihei Ueshiba, who studied jujitsu before developing Aikido in the first quarter of the 20th Century. After World War II, Aikido expanded internationally, being introduced in Hawaii and France. Today the art is flourishing in the United States, Europe, Brazil, and more recently in Australia and Southeast Asia.


Ted began studying Aikido in1989 at Osaka University of Foreign Studies and continued after moving to Tokyo.  He earned his first degree black belt while in Akita and developed a Physical Education class that he taught at what is now known as Akita International University.  He later earned his second degree before returning to the US in 1995.





After moving to Hokkaido in October, he joined the local dojo and began practicing again. His sensei here is Takeda Sensei, a fifth degree black belt who is 68 years old.












Takeda Sensei at Bonenkai

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