|Aikibojitsu and The Heart of Aikido
|Aikido is a sophisticated and powerful martial system based upon the principles of non-resistant power.
Created in the mid 1900s by Master Morihei Ueshiba O'Sensei, Aikido is now practiced by a wide spectrum
of serious individuals worldwide as a Way by which to approach the challenges of life. Aikido is meditation
as much as it is a martial art form. A major part of Aikido study involves work with a staff; Ueshiba O'Sensei
was a master of staff work, and considered it one of Aikido's foundational pillars.
Aikibojitsu's philosophy and technique with the staff resembles the philosophy and technique that was
taught at the Kumano Juku Dojo in the early 1970s. But due to many factors, Aikibojitsu has come to be
substantially different from its martial parent. As an example, in addition to focus upon achievement of
control of uke (the attacker), Aikibojitsu also places emphasis upon doing so in light of the exponential
nature of Reality.
Through understanding of both the theoretical foundation and practical techniques of Aikibojitsu, Aikidoists
will come to a better understanding of why Aikido techniques take the forms that they do. They will come to
a deeper understanding of where and how both power and silent stillness are best expressed in Aikido
technique. An Aikido practitioner who encounters Aikibojitsu will be inspired by it, empowered by its clear
illustration of the complex web of forces that underlie perfection in movement.
Although Aikibojitsu continues to evolve and is different in many ways from its martial roots, Read Sensei
still considers the art form to be the staff work of Aikido, and considers Aikibojitsu staff work to be a natural
extension of the staff work of Morihei Ueshiba O'Sensei.
|Aikibojitsu - The Art of the Staff