Aikido is a non-competitive, strictly
martial art. It is considered a modern Japanese “budo” – a
martial way of
self-refinement and character development.
literally means Way (Do) to Harmony (Ai) with the Life
Force or Universal
is not destructive.Characterized as the active art of
non-resistance and reconciliation, aikido employs highly
physical movements that mediate physical conflict in
aikido, an aggressor’s power is accepted
and redirected towards a natural resolution.
Does One Train in Aikido?
practiced as repetitive movements of pre-set forms, or
is done using various levels of physical
movements, breath and energetic actions. First step in
practice is to unify
one’s own body -- learn coordination.The next step is to cultivate a connection of
oneself to one’s partner –
learn harmony. Through the natural flow of physical
movements, aikido reveals
its complexity and our connection with universal
principles of energy and
martially oriented, aikido’s essence is not about
repetitive and meaningful partner
practice teaches one about emptiness and vanity of
winning by physical
destruction. The flowing aiki movements train a
powerful alternate to
many years of diligent,
mindful practice, one comes to grip with the
underlying principle of aikido,
that is, to “stop fighting.”
encourages life-long training of “self” for self
goal is not to win or overcome your
opponent, but to eliminate the psychological need to
fight, on the mat, and in
is a living martial art,
and hundreds of thousands of active aikido students
train throughout the world.
Aikido in Helena was originally founded by
Whitney Hibbard and
Samantha Schroeder in 1988. Over time,
practitioners continued to study aikido as practiced at
its spiritual home in
Japan as well as various other styles and affiliations of
dojos in Montana and
the country. Our style of aikido is
based on the Shingu tradition led by the late Hikitsuchi
Michio sensei who was
the highest ranked student of Ueshiba O-sensei, the
founder of aikido.
decades later, in 2008, the former students who are
high-ranking black belt
holders and beginners alike, came together to establish
anew the board
member-based Helena Aikido to continue the path of aikido,
that is true to its
principles and teachings.
Helena Aikido cultivates and nurtures the
martial art of aikido for all who seek
to study, providing a healthy learning environment.
It advances aikido principles and values as
viable tools to benefit society.