Welcome to Aikido of Evansville 

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Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba (O'Sensei) as a synthesis and evolution of his own martial art studies, philosophy and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as "the Way of unifying (with) life energy", or as "the Way of harmonious spirit". Ueshiba's goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker. 

Aikido is performed by accepting, redirecting, unifying or synchronizing with the force of the attack rather than opposing it directly. This requires timing, proper distance, and minimal physical strength or stated more accurately, a relaxed state, as the aikidoka (aikido student) "leads" or "guides" the attacker's momentum using entering and turning movements. The techniques are then completed with various throws, pins or joint locks. Aikido is commonly categorized as a grappling art. 

Iaido is the way of Japanese swordsmanship, an art that has been practiced from feudal times. The "i" in iaido refers to both, the existence of the body and of the spirit, or presence of mind. The "ai" refers to adaptability, the spontaneous execution of technique against an attacker. The "do" as in all of the Japanese arts with the suffix, refers to the "path" or the "way" taken by the practitioners.  The practice of iaijutsu requires a calm spirit and deep concentration. Iaido practice includes the movements of drawing, parrying, cutting and returning the sword to the scabbard.  Kata is used to train the swordsman through pre-arranged forms that are designed defenses and attacks against imaginary opponents. Each kata teaches the principles of appropriate Japanese swordsmanship.

Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu is a classical or traditional Japanese sword art that was studied by the samurai of feudal Japan. Often refered to as "Eishin Ryu", this koryu (traditional school) has an unbroken lineage dating back to the early sixteenth century.         

O'Sensei:  Morihei Ueshiba December 14, 1883 - April 26, 1969

Aikido of Evansville is a Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai (KNBK) Kenkyuai for Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu under the direction of Andrew Bryant sensei (Indianapolis Martial Arts Center). Andrew Bryant sensei's dojo is an official KNBK sanctioned dojo (Shibu). Please contact us for further details.

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