Aikido Kokikai of Hyattsville, MD Welcomes You
A Martial Art of Natural Motion
Aikido Kokikai of Hyattsville, MD
What is Aikido?
Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art with roots extending deep into the philosophy and history of Japan. The fundamental principle of Aikido is to harmonize with the strengths about us in order to protect ourselves and to control these forces without coming into direct opposition.
If we attempt to place strength against strength, then brute strength is the sole deciding factor. However, if we use our strength wisely with proper timing, this leverage allows us to control much larger forces than are otherwise possible. These traits make Aikido particularly well suited for men and women of all ages. Aikido relies on controlling the attacker rather than striking, which is common in other martial arts. It is based on natural motions of the body and is an aid in developing both a calm mind and relaxed body.
Aikido's emphasis on harmonizing and natural motion make it applicable to all aspects of our daily lives. Because of this, the few hours one might train each week can have a dramatic effect on one's life as a whole.
What is Kokikai Aikido
Aikido Kokikai Federation USA
Aikido Kokikai is an international organization with schools around the world where students can practice Kokikai Ryu (Kokikai Style) Aikido.
The founder of Aikido Kokikai is Shuji Maruyama Sensei who, in addition to his Aikido training with other instructors, was a student of the founder of Aikido for several years. He began teaching in the U.S. during the mid-1960s. Maruyama Sensei returned to Japan after teaching in the U.S. for nearly 20 years, However, he still visits the U.S. to instruct students, teach at seminars, and conduct promotion testing.
Typically there are four annual seminars on the East and West Coasts of the United States. Kokikai students from all over the world attend to share discoveries, practice together, and learn directly from Sensei Maruyama.
About Aikido Kokikai of Hyatttsville
Aikido Kokikai of Hyattsville is just outside Washington DC near the University of Maryland's main campus in College Park. We hold classes at the Prince George's Plaza Community Center on Adelphi Road.
Our style of instruction is a hybrid of Japanese and American methodologies. Traditional Japanese instruction is relatively silent with very little verbal explaination. The instructor demonstrates a technique and the students then try to replicate it. While this has some advantages, like building keen observational skills, we have found that most Americans respond better when there is some verbal explanation of technique. In most other respects we retain the traditional approaches to instruction and martial art etiquette.
There are several qualified instructors teaching at Aikido Kokikai of Hyattsville. The head instructor is a fourth degree black belt, with over thirty years of experience. All of the instructors have between ten and twenty years of martial arts experience. They strive to bring out the best in their students with energetic, quality teaching.
Our instructors and students come from a variety of backgrounds which makes training with this not-for-profit group both valuable and fun.