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***ANNOUNCEMENT***

DUE TO THE BIRTH OF MY SON KAIZEN DOJO HAS SUSPENDED CLASSES AS OF JULY 2011 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!!
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME FOR MORE INFORMATION!!

JAMES AND SHELBY BEDWELL


Kaizen Dojo

Aikido


 

Kaizen (改善) is Japanese for "continuous improvement".  This is a Japanese philosophy that focuses on continuous improvement throughout all aspects of life.  When applied to Aikido, the kaizen philosophy works to improve all aspects of Aikido, from breaking an opponents balance to timing and movement.  By continuously improving our technique, we become more effecient and emiminate wasted movement. 


At Kaizen Dojo we teach Aikido just as Mr. Tomiki envisioned, a series of kata as well as the practice of randori (although, unlike common Tomiki-ryu schools, the  our approach pursues a non-competitive form of randori). As with judo, randori serves as a method of applying principles learned by repetition of kata.


The art of Aikido was created by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969).  Ueshiba taught that an attacker's energy could be dealt with more efficiently by yielding to it, even adding to it, rather than by trying to meet that force head-on with equal or greater force (the primary characteristic of most other martial arts).  With this in mind, anyone, no matter what their size or age, stands a more favorable chance against a larger, younger, stronger opponent.

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