Aikido is a budo, or martial art, originated by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) as an outgrowth of his studies of Daito-ryu jiujitsu, Kito-ryu jiujitsu, sword and spear. The techniques of aikido consist of pins, locks and throws, however the defining characteristics of it are blending with the force of an attack, controlling the attack, and ultimately using this energy to unbalance and control the attacker.
The consistent and dedicated practice of aikido is transformative. This is not in a metaphysical sense, rather one comes to understand interacting with people and living within your own body differently. To work closely with partners on techniques that could be damaging to one another while ensuring that your partners are not injured changes your understanding of trust and compassion in a simple but visceral way. No change, however, comes quickly.
Las Vegas Aikikai is an aikido dojo affiliated with Birankai North America, an aikido organization founded by T.K. Chiba, Shihan. Through Birankai we are affiliated with Hombu Dojo, the Aikido World Headquarters, in Tokyo. We teach traditional aikido, including bokken (wooden sword) and jo (staff).
We are located in Las Vegas, NV, and serve the greater Las Vegas valley.