Welcome to Masa Kokoro Aikido Dojo

Ben Lim sensei welcomes all Aikido students, locally and abroad, to visit and train at his newly built dojo at 4630 16 Ave NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We are promoting the Masa Kokoro Aikido Lifestyle training to enhance your health welfare.

Masakokoro's New Dojo (Photo by Enrico Noel)

Masa Kokoro's New Dojo

Aikido is a Japanese martial art 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 energy, as the aikidōka (aikido practitioner) “leads” the attacker’s momentum using entering and turning movements.

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Pronunciation of Japanese Aikido Terms

Counting
Term Brief translation Pronunciation
Ichi, ni, san, shi, go,
roku, shichi, hachi, kyu, jyu
One through ten.

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Important Names and Terms
Term Brief translation Pronunciation
Aikido Japanese martial art founded by Morihei Ueshiba

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Aikidoka One who practices aikido.

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Sempai A senior student.

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Kohai A junior student.

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Domo arigatou gozaimashita Thank you very much.

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Onegaishimasu Please (train with me).

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  • Aikido Origins


    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. Many of Ueshiba’s senior students have different approaches to aikido, depending 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. This attitude has been at the core of criticisms of aikido and related arts.

  • Aikido Facts


    Aikido was among the first martial arts freed from the ban imposed on their practice by the US government after World War II.

    In some areas, Japanese police officers are required to hold at least a Shodan (black belt) in Aikido.

  • Aikido Techniques


    Many of the strikes (打ち, uchi) of aikido are often said to resemble cuts from a sword or other grasped object, which may suggest origins in techniques intended for armed combat. Other techniques, which appear to explicitly be punches (tsuki), are also practiced as thrusts with a knife or sword. Kicks are generally reserved for upper-level variations; reasons cited include that falls from kicks are especially dangerous, and that kicks (high kicks in particular) were uncommon during the types of combat prevalent in feudal Japan.

  • Aikido World Headquarters


    AIKIKAI FOUNDATION Aikido World Headquarters
    17-18 Wakamatsu Cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 162-0056 Japan
    Phone: (+81) 3-3203-9236, Fax: (+81) 3-3204-8145
    Site: http://www.aikikai.or.jp/

  • Aikido History


    Aikido was created by Morihei Ueshiba (植芝 盛平 Ueshiba Morihei, 14 December 1883–26 April 1969), referred to by some aikido practitioners as Ōsensei (”Great Teacher”). Ueshiba envisioned aikido not only as the synthesis of his martial training, but also an expression of his personal philosophy of universal peace and reconciliation. During Ueshiba’s lifetime and continuing today, aikido has evolved from the koryū (old-style martial arts) that Ueshiba studied into a wide variety of expressions by martial artists throughout the world.

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