What is Aikido

Aikido is a modern Japanese budo or “martial way”.  Historically, it is derived from traditional systems of unarmed combat that used throws, take-downs, and joint locks.  Aikido differs from these older systems in two ways:

First, it is based on using the attacker’s own energy against them rather than simply meeting force with force.  Second, it emphasizes controlling the attacker rather than simply trying to destroy them.

Aikido movements are based on using body position and natural movement rather than speed or strength.  Because of this, it is an art that can be practiced by men and women of any age.

Aikido practice is strenuous, not violent; demanding, not rough.  Smooth completion of action is emphasized, without a sense of conflict between partners.  In this way, confidence and continuous movement are developed.

In addition to unarmed techniques we also train with the sword and the short staff.  Practice with weapons is intended to enhance understanding of the empty-handed techniques, not to train skilled sword or stick fighters.

Starting Aikido

An interest and a desire to learn are the only requirements to begin training.  Neither physical prowess, agility, nor age are factors in deciding to begin class.  Beginning students are welcome to start training at any time.  If you do not have a uniform, feel free to wear loose-fitting clothes that you are comfortable rolling around in.

About Us

The Charlotte Aikikai is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people explore the art of Aikido.  Anyone over the age of 13 is welcome to join us regardless of race, gender, ethnic group, religion, or sexual orientation.

About the ASU

The Charlotte Aikikai is affiliated with the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba.

The Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU) is the membership organization that affiliates more than 100 North American Dojos under the instruction of Mitsugi Saotome Shihan.  It is a formally recognized organization under the Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.  Established in 1975, the ASU is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization managed by a board of senior instructors.

We welcome all students of Aikido, regardless of style or previous affiliation.  Membership in the ASU is not required to practice with us but we can only promote people and issue rank within the ASU.

Contact info

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at info@charlotteaikikai.org.

2 thoughts on “FAQ

  1. I am moving up to Charlotte in a few months. I don’t know if you rent your own place! Or if you have space to rent! I’m a 6th Dan in Matsubayashi Shorin ryu, and a 4th da renshi in Ryushin Shouchi ryu Japanese sword under Yahagi sensei. We only have 5 dans in the sword style.
    if you are interested Call me at 305-951-3920. I am not into money. if i can cover my expences I’m good.

    • Hi Kevin,

      We are currently practicing outdoors, due to pandemic restrictions. We do anticipate moving to an indoor space in the near future but, unfortunately, that will be a shared space where we won’t have room for the sword classes.

      Keep an eye on the website and watch for updates. At some point I’d like to at least see a demonstration of your sword style.

      Best of luck with your search.

      Charlie Huff
      Chief Instructor, Charlotte Aikikai

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