Dale City Aikikai
14300 Minnieville Road
Dale City, Virginia
Saturdays 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Sundays 9:30 am - 11:30 am
TOBY KEITH Courtesty of the Red, White & Blue
THE PHILOSOPHY OF AIKIDO
The most unusual aspect of Aikido is that although it is primarily a self-defense art, it takes as the basis of its philosophy the idea of being in HARMONY with your opponent rather than being in CONFLICT with him. The idea of Aikido is not to think of defeating your enemy, but rather, to be in harmony with him spiritually and physically. This is why Aikido is sometimes called the "Art of Non-Resistance," or the "Non-Fighting Martial Art."
Aikido is not merely an art of self-defense, however-into its techniques are woven elements of philosophy, psychology, and dynamics. As one learns the various arts, he will at the same time train his mind, improve his health and develop self-confidence. Through the physical practice of the self-defense tecniques, the student of Aikido comes to appreciate and understand the mental or spiritual aspect of Aikido. During practice sessions, partners work out in harmony with each other, learning when and how to yield, how to lead and guide another person's movements-how to down an opponent through non-resistive techniques.