About Aikido

Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and spiritual convictions. Aikido is frequently interpreted as “the Way of unifying ( with ) life energy”or as “the Way of pleasurable spirit.” Ueshiba’s goal was to make a skill that practitioners could use to protect themselves […]

Aikikai Aikido Shodan

www.roydeanacademy.com Music: “Aikido” by Roy Dean available through iTunes on the album “Sound of the Way: Music for Martial Arts.” First degree blackbelt test in Aikikai Aikido, under Julio Toribio, 5th dan. Gratitude to Sergei Merkushev, Ken Blaylock, and Sensei Toribio for the fantastic ukemi. Circa 1999.