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Welcome to Aikido Hiryukan

Welcome to Aikido Hiryukan Dojo. Since you have come to our website you must have an interest in Aikido and want to know what makes this martial art unique.

There are many reasons for wanting to learn a martial art, and you may want to do your research to find out which one meets your needs and expectations. The challenge is to find an art, a style and a teacher that meet your personal requirements.

You may be new to the martial arts or an experienced practitioner interested in finding out if Aikido is the martial art for you. This site will provide you with information to help you understand Aikido better and decide if it for you. If what you see and read appeals to you, I'd like to hear from you. 

As with some of our students, you may have other martial arts backgrounds, but you may soon discover some obvious benefits to studying Aikido, as an alternative to, or in addition to your current training.

Aikido does not teach fighting, violence or aggression. Yoshinkan Aikido is unique in its effective method of controlling movements to minimize aggression no matter how large or powerful the aggressor. For that reason, it has been deemed compulsory training in Tokyo for all female police officers, and Tokyo Riot Police candidates must attain shodan (1st degree black belt) status before qualifying to join the squad.

Aikido is for all people:

Adults will benefit from expert instruction as they learn powerful defensive techniques in a strictly focused, yet supportive and friendly environment. Though it is not its main goal, the inherent physicality of Aikido will provide you with a well-rounded fitness training regime. Its training methods allow you to focus on yourself providing a kind of moving meditation, promoting a sense of emotional wellness.

Children will have a lot of fun learning new physical skills such as balance, co-ordination, and safe falling, along with a vast array of effective defensive techniques. In addition, they will learn a very valuable set of life skills including self-confidence, self-respect, self-discipline, respect for others, classroom focus, and team work.

Contact me to answer any questions you may have, or to arrange to visit and watch a class.


Stephen Ohlman