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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 attackers from injury.

Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical strength, as the aikidōka (aikido practitioner) "leads" the attacker's momentum using entering and turning movements. The techniques are completed with various throws or joint locks.

Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs.  Aikido derives mainly from the martial art of Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu but began to diverge from it in the late 1920s, partly due to Ueshiba's involvement with the Ōmoto-kyō religion.

At Budo Ryokukai Aikido, we focus on the roots of the art. Ryokukai Aikido is infused with Sensei Niikura’s vast techniques and experience in Karate, Jujutsu, Judo, and Iaido. 


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In the realm of Aikido, our esteemed sensei, Jose Feliz, leads our classes with a profound mastery cultivated through extensive training. Certified as a Black Belt in Aikido, Sensei Jose Feliz imparts decades of passionate teaching, crafting a captivating and transformative journey in the art of Aikido. It's noteworthy that Jose Feliz is a direct student of Niikura Sensei.

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