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Since 1993 West Coast Aikido Martial Arts Academy has trained thousands of people from all walks of life our amazing Martial Art. Simply put, training in Yoseikan Aikido will improve all areas of your life. Regardless of age, fitness level or physical limitations we can help you learn this incredible martial art and great way to live. Aikido training will enable you to defend yourself or your loved ones. You will reduce stress, improve your fitness, become more self-disciplined, have greater focus, awareness, confidence, elevated self-esteem and get more out of life! Aikido is a martial art that is practiced by millions of people of all ages throughout the world. Many practice Aikido as a form of nonviolent self-defence, but many also train in Aikido for the mental and spiritual benefits that it provides. At West Coast Aikido Martial Arts Academy, we are dedicated to helping you acquire practical self-defence skills whilst reducing stress, and getting into the best shape of your life!
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West Coast Aikido Martial Arts AcademyWednesday, October 9th, 2019 at 5:45pm
Aikido Frustrations
I've been a student of aikido for more than thirty years and I've been a teacher for twenty six years. These days when I think about aikido it disappoints me to hear many people, especially the ‘online experts’ criticising aikido and questioning its effectiveness as a form of self defence. Many of these so called experts have obviously not studied the history of aikido, let alone set foot in a dojo, for if they had, they would have realised that aikido has its origins in aiki jujitsu, the empty hand form of self defence utilised by the samurai warriors of Japan.
Since its development in the early part of the twentieth century aikido has evolved into two distinct schools of thought and teaching. Aikido styles, or schools, such as the Yoseikan style (The style that I leaned from my teacher), chose to maintain many of the techniques and philosophies of the founder, O’Sensei Moriehai Ueshiba’s pre-World War 2 teaching. Yoseikan is considered a hard and practical style of aikido more closely aligned to the old aiki jujitsu and ideally suited to self defence.
On the other hand, Aikikai style which was more the creation of the founder’s son, has a more spiritual base relying on the cooperation of your training partner creating a more flowing and dance-like art.
Even though these styles/schools of aikido are sometimes very different they also have many similarities and share many of the same basic technique.
Many times it does not matter whether the style is classified ‘hard’ or ‘soft’, it depends on the teacher that you have.
My aim as your teacher is to clear away the myths of aikido so that you can get to the heart of the practice. Whatever your view of aikido is, is not important. It's the teachings that are important. The teachings originate from the founder and passed on to his senior students.
The Principles Are Your Teacher
My teacher always taught me to not rely on the teacher but rely on the teachings and more specifically the principles of aikido. The principles are rarely studied, which is a shame, because by learning the principles of aikido, as with anything, you will lay a strong foundation making your technique more effective and your training more enjoyable. By learning the principles you are saving yourself many hours and years of frustration.
I was fortunate to have learned aikido when I did and I realise that I am only a conduit, passing down what my teacher/s have taught me to my students. Of course I am not perfect but I believe that after so many years of training I have the knowledge and skills to help you make great progress in our art if you follow the principles that I teach.
Train Smart
Now that I'm in my sixties, and having trained for so long, I know that it's increasingly important that I look after my body and not overdo things. Training smarter and not necessarily harder is my motto, and to make sure that I get enough rest each day.
Aikido teaches us to use our entire bodies when practicing. This includes utilising proper breathing techniques that help us to remain calm under pressure and to not get fatigued. Each day we should focus on our breathing. Perhaps start meditating and combine your breathing. Go for a walk and count your breaths in, holding and out breaths.
There are many aspects to aikido that can help create a better life. If you have not tried aikido, please come and see us and we shall get you started on a unique journey.
I wish you all the best with your training. If you have any questions regarding training please feel free to come and see me.
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West Coast Aikido Martial Arts Academy shared a post.Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 at 2:58pm
I love this vision as it reminds me so much of the way our life pans out sometimes. We struggle along, stumbling and clawing our way towards our goals, hopes and wishes and although we wish it was, it is never easy getting there. But with a little perseverance and a never give up attitude we eventually get what we want or achieve the desired result. ALWAYS HAVE A CAN DO ATTITUDE.
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From now on when someone asks me " what is life?" I will show this video:
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West Coast Aikido Martial Arts AcademyMonday, September 23rd, 2019 at 2:12pm
Happy Monday West Coast Aikido Friends! Just putting out a friendly reminder that next Monday 30 September is a Public Holiday (Queen's Birthday WA) and we will NOT have classes on that day. The normal timetable will resume on Tuesday. Thank you. We wish everyone a fantastic Long Weekend!
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West Coast Aikido Martial Arts AcademySunday, September 22nd, 2019 at 4:17pm
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West Coast Aikido Martial Arts Academy is celebrating Fathers' Day.Saturday, August 31st, 2019 at 10:06am
Great vibe today with Dad's on the mats with their child #westcoastaikido. Having a fun time learning new skills and experiencing time on the mats. Well done and thanks to all the Dad's who participated...and Happy Father's Day for tomorrow.
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West Coast Aikido Martial Arts AcademyWednesday, August 28th, 2019 at 3:10pm
Keiko is the Japanese term for training. Kaizen means continual improvement. Nothing of any worth is achieved without many, many hours in training and a mindset of growth and improvement. What's more, you cant achieve these things without the help of your instructors and fellow students. So get on the mats and train. Osu🙏
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