Ki-Aikido, “the way of harmony with Ki”, is a non-violent martial art. It uses the self-defense arts as a way to learn peaceful coexistence within ourselves and with others.
Central to this goal are the principles of mind-body coordination (or integration). These underlie our ability to direct Ki (universal energy) in a positive and productive manner. The practice of Ki Development, or understanding the mind-body relationship, is inextricably entwined with the Aikido self-defense arts. To train in Aikido, you must participate in our Ki Development classes. You may, however, elect to train only in Ki Development without studying the Aikido self-defense arts.
The principles of Ki Development or mind-body coordination are:
- Keep One Point: Center or focus your concentration at a single point in the lower abdomen to unite mind and body for positive action.
- Relax Completely: Avoid the mental and physical tensions that impede your flow of Ki and diminish your capacity to act positively in the moment.
- Keep Weight Underside: Physical or mental tension can bring your weight upperside, weakening your movements. Allow natural gravity to bring your weight underside, back to its natural state, to maximize your power and effectiveness.
- Extend Ki: With mind and body coordinated, you can consciously direct the positive, powerful Ki energy to lead aggressive energy in the direction you choose. You remain safe, the attacker is neutralized without harm, and the encounter reveals something of value to both you and the attacker.
Seattle Ki-Aikido is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to sharing the principles of Ki Development and the arts of Ki-Aikido. All instructors are unpaid volunteers who have trained many years and have appropriate certifications. Please visit our dojo, observe a class, ask any questions, and take a free intro class to see how our program works.