Aikido

(pronounced eye-key-doe, with equal emphasis on all the syllables)
is a non-violent Japanese martial art.
It was created by Morihei Ueshiba in the early part of the 20th century.

Paul Linden's Online Aikido Class

Learn to use an integrated mindbody state of power and love as a foundation for more effective Aikido defense techniques. Attacks can function as a stand-in for life’s other challenges, and the principles you learn in this class will help you improve every aspect of your life.

This class is not meant to replace your existing Aikido practice; we will meet twice a month to augment your training elsewhere. You are encouraged to use the time between our online sessions to practice applying those principles on and off the mat.

Open to practitioners of any style or lineage of Aikido. You must register with a practice partner who will participate with you live in the same room. Class series starts on March 2, 2024. Meets twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Saturday at 1PM Eastern Time. Session recordings will be available.

Clarifying Aikido (video)

A systematic illustration of how Paul applies
Being In Movement ® principles in Aikido practice.

4 hours of carefully selected footage filmed over the course of several years at live workshops Paul taught at Aikido of Columbus, at dojos in the U.K. and Belgium, and at various other locations.

Watch the integration of key principles, including:

● going with the attacker's stream of intention,

● doing defense techniques inside the attacker,

● projecting lines and qualities of intention,

● sequential elastic movement, and

● using intense attacks to practice calmness.

Aikido defense techniques consist primarily of joint locks and throws and are based on going along with the power of the attack to control aggression. Aikido offers a form of self-defense that aims at protecting yourself without necessarily hurting another human being - although you can if you absolutely must. Aikido includes defenses against grabs, punches, and kicks, as well as defenses against attacks with a knife, sword, staff, or gun. Aikido techniques include strikes as a means of controlling the opponent's movement and setting him or her up for the throws. The practice deals with attacks by single or multiple assailants.

There are no competitions in mainstream Aikido, and the art can be practiced and enjoyed by anyone regardless of age, size, or strength. Aikido is an enjoyable learning adventure carried out in a mutually supportive atmosphere. Because students move and learn at their own pace, Aikido is an effective form of exercise and relaxation that people can continue for their whole lives. The goal of Aikido is to learn to move and live in a state of power, gentleness, freedom, and harmony.

At Aikido of Columbus, we focus on Aikido as both a self-defense method and a pathway to inner learning. When we feel threatened, our natural response is to tighten up and resist. In order to go along with the attack, we need to be deeply aware of the attacker, and to do that we need to be anchored in a mindbody state of power and love. This is where the practices of self-defense and self-awareness converge. At Aikido of Columbus, we teach how to use body awareness, openness of breath, proper body alignment, and flowing energy to achieve smooth, powerful, effective Aikido techniques and an attitude of respect and kindness. (Watch Video)

You can see a video about Aikido here:

An Aiki Moment

Tom Simpson, who earned his black belt at Aikido of Columbus, sent in this description of an aiki moment:

Had an “aiki moment” this morning at home. I’m barefooted, carrying a heavy piece of luggage down the stairs. Luggage in one hand, handful of misc in the other. I go down 3 steps and lean back to also pick up an object from the step to take with us. My feet slipped out from under me. I surfed the stairs, all the way to the bottom! I never let go of the luggage or the other stuff, but I rode my elbow down the banister and got a little stability from the sliding luggage. Time slowed way down. The cool thing was I got low and my feet surfed the edges of each of nine steps, while I gradually shifted center forward to get more weight on the foot strikes and decelerate. I stopped with full balance at the bottom. Thank you, Paul.

Which Martial Art Should I study?

Download this article by Paul. A brief discussion of the various aspects of different martial arts, with an eye towards helping people pick out the one that they would most enjoy.