WHY TRAIN IN KOKIKAI AIKIDO?

Dennis E

“After 30 years of practice, I still have a great time every night and learn new things!“

Why Kokikai Aikido

What makes us different.

The Aikido world has grown confusing: different instructors have widely divergent ideas about what constitutes “correct Aikido.” There are radically different philosophies, ideas, and methods. People call one or another thing "Aikido".

Aikikai believe that they practice "Ueshiba's Aikido", Daito-Ryu Aiki-jujitsu sometimes calls itself Aikido, and now Aikido has been mixed with other striking martial arts to become, almost unimaginably, "Combat Aikido".

Soon after Ueshiba created Aikido, many of his senior students started their own organizations with different ideas about the fundamental principles of the art. There is Yoshinkai Aikido, Tomiki-Ryu Aikido, and Tendo Aikido, among many others.

We say “please resist!” while others say “don't resist”

In addition, some people teach Aikido who have only minimal training or who have learned Aikido from books. Some instructors even hurt their own students, or weaker people, in the name of Aikido!

In the absence of competition to specifically define excellence, it's no wonder that what constitutes good Aikido is confusing. Some styles seem to have completely lost their martial sense, and are more like a dance than self-defense—not attacking with logical attacks or not ever resisting each other.

This becomes clear when students of various styles attempt to practice together. With their core beliefs and ideas so different, it's very difficult to enjoy training together. We say "please resist" while other styles say "don't resist."

We really need an extensive organization chart to trace each group's lineage in order to understand how they do or do not fit into the Aikido world.

Everyone feels that they are under Ueshiba, so such a claim is insufficient evidence to explain the origin or validity of a particular style. It is very clear that Maryuama Sensei can throw anyone of any size. You can try to apply all of your force, and none of your power affects him. Sensei demonstrates his lineage.

Instead of using the name Aikido by itself, we call ourselves Kokikai Aikido. Sensei Maryuama practiced directly with Tohei Sensei (Chief Instructor under Ueshiba) and then directly with Ueshiba. Maruyama Sensei is considered one of Ueshiba's Principal Students

We practice realistic attacks with logical resistance and effective technique. It's important for students to avoid confusion about the name Aikido. Some people still think that all Aikido is the same, but that clearly is not the case.