KEIKO: polishing the mirror, finding the path
Training at Koshinkai Dojo is conducted in our dedicated Japanese-style space. We offer regular practice in a positive, safe and friendly environment. It is easy for beginner students to start aikido and they are welcome at our scheduled practice or can enrol in one of our Introduction to Aikido courses.
The hierarchical system of grading is not emphasised, but recognition is given to those who have demonstrated a clear determination to develop themselves through regular training, and those who contribute to the work of the dojo. We feel it is important that grading should not become an end in itself, since aikido is not a competitive activity.
AIKI WEAPONS: perfecting the self
Aikido is fundamentally linked to the study of the sword. At Koshinkai, aiki weapons, such as bokken, jo and tanto are practised as well as open-handed techniques.
MEDITATION: energy in silence
An old Zen teaching tells of the archer who hits the target even in pitch darkness by closing his eyes and concentrating on his inner core, his essence. In the same way, aikido has both “inner” and “outer” aspects that must be kept in balance. Training includes Shinto-based exercises inspired by nature to help achieve this balance.