Beauty, Balance & Power Dance

Admiring the circular movements of both Wing Chun and Goju Ryu, Calasanz found Aikido to be a perfect complement to his system. Aikido takes the energy of an opponent and uses it against him. Brute strength is not essential in Aikido. What is important is moving in harmony with the opponent and using the laws of physics to one’s advantage. Aikido was created in Japan by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). Ueshiba trained in the art of jujitsu, and sword and spear fighting. He was also a very spiritual man, who saw Aikido as a means of improving one’s self. The goal of Aikido is avoidance or getting out of the way of an attack. The initial response to any threat or attack in Aikido is to evade the line of attack and find a safe position. Another unique aspect of Aikido is its use of throwing off an attacker’s balance in both striking and locking techniques. Aikido also uses the power of centrifugal force to knock an opponent off balance with minimum effort. With proper understanding and application of these principles, the small and the weak can defend effectively against the large and the strong.