From beginner to advanced, these simple yet effective techniques provide practitioners the tools needed to subdue an opponent quickly, efficiently, and with confidence. With over 25 years of experience , martial artist and personal trainer, Michael Aloia, guides you through movements of essential defense which will allow anyone to diffuse an aggressive advance.
Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. 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 attacker 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 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. Ueshiba’s early students’ documents bear the term aiki-jūjutsu.
Ueshiba’s senior students have different approaches to aikido, depending partly on when they studied with him. Today aikido is found all over the world in a number of styles, with broad ranges of interpretation and emphasis. However, they all share techniques learned from Ueshiba and most have concern for the well-being of the attacker.
Includes 3 levels – Basic, Intermediate and Advanced.
Michael Aloia – Dojo Cho Aloia Sensei enjoys the fluidity of aikido and focuses on the technical and martial aspects of the art. He has studied various forms and styles to better cultivate an understanding of applications. Aloia Sensei believes Aikido encompasses all the arts and is the vehicle by which a martial artist truly becomes well rounded. He is featured in both the Aikido – an art in motion DVD series and Essential Defense System DVD series and is the author of the book How Aikido Can Change the World and co-author of Rescuer Mindset.Aloia Sensei currently holds the rank of Gondan and is also a recognized yudansha at Aikido World Headquarters – Hombu Dojo – Japan.