Ki means “Life Force”, the natural energy common to all living plants and animals.
In today’s society many people have a highly pressurized lifestyle which can cause tension, fear and worry. This can create physical ailments such as backache, headache, migraine and mental strain. When the mind is disturbed or we have physical tension we withdraw our power. We can learn through the Ki exercises to obtain a calm mind and relaxed body enabling our power to be fully extended. Rather than depend solely on pills or doctors for common ailments we can help ourselves through specific exercises, breathing and meditation and so create a happier life.
Aikido means: “Way of Life to find Harmony with Nature, (Life force)”
Aikido consists of exercises with a partner and all the stretching and exercises come naturally within the individual’s physical limits. These exercises simulate problems in daily life. We learn that force and aggression are useless in dealing with a partner holding you. Physical strength is of no consequence in Aikido.
The unique principles in this art are directly applicable to our daily lives. At the same time they give us a practical method of dealing with many problems that we may face.
A deeper insight of Ki Aikido
Sensei Williams 2002
Technical Director, Ki Federation of Great Britain
Aikido practised regularly encourages a healthy mental and spiritual disposition as well as a good physical well being. Aikido certainly fosters a high moral standard among its true teaching. The real Aikido spirit seeks to help others as well as one’s self.
Aikido is not merely a series of techniques designed to overcome or subdue an opponent but are exercises, which embrace many universal laws of motion and natural movement, which are understood as the student progresses. The true Aikido avoids arrogance and fake pride, never taking advantage of those weaker or less skilful.
Modesty and humility are not to be ignored. Respect is important between all students.
Through the study of Aikido one will discover the true values and learn to enjoy a harmonious relationship with ones fellow man. Aikido is not merely an art of techniques but into its exercises and movements are woven elements of philosophy psychology and dynamics. As one learns the various arts one will at the same time train the mind, improve the health and develop an unbreakable self-confidence. If there is respect familiarity will not breed contempt.
One cannot make perfect separation of the spiritual and physical without death resulting. Though the basic idea of physical application the spiritual input of this theory should follow naturally. Regard this as a very brief explanation as you would the caption to an illustration both requiring direct experience for-
DO – the way or path
Politeness. Rules of behaviour and common decency are very much part of Ki Aikido. All students are expected to acquaint themselves with Aikido etiquette. After starting practising one should try not to give up but continue with a strong mind, being determined to overcome difficulties. You will by and by understand the principle and spirit of Aikido feeling a great benefit.
1. Respect your teacher
2. Be courteous to your partner
3. Be quiet inside the Dojo
4. Cleanliness is important
5. Keep your Kidogi clean
6. Keep your fingernails and toenails short
7. Be kind to lower grades, never rough
8. Do not practise outside the Dojo
9. Try to avoid fighting
10. Be moderate in daily eating and drinking