Kobukan Aikido

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Kobukan Aikido Association

We are an association of Aikido clubs based in The Northeast of England, with links to Dojos as far afield as Russia, Turkey and France. Teaching traditional aikido since the 1980s under our chief instructor Sensei Butcher (8th dan) the Kobukan Aikido Association (KAA) currently has 4 classes throughout the Northeast teaching people of various levels and abilities.

As a founding member of the International Aiki-Budo Council (IABC) the KAA maintains strong links to other martial arts clubs throughout the UK and the Northeast of England. As such we regularly host or attend day long seminars where various traditional and modern martial arts can be learnt, recent courses have featured Iaido, Judo Ju-Jitsu and Karate.

What is Aikido

Literally translated Aikido means the way of harmony of spirit. Aikido is a relatively modern Japanese martial art with roots and origins in the Meji period of Japan. In the aftermath of World War II Morihei Ueshiba created Aikido by combining the traditional open hand techniques of Daito Ryu Aiki ju-jitsu with the use and defence from traditional Japanese weapons of the Katanna (sword), the jo (staff) and tanto (knife).

Aikido is based around the use of an attacker’s momentum or energy being redirected against them to enable the application of throws, locks and pins. By using an opponent’s energy rather than relying on your own strength Aikido is suitable for people of all builds, ages and genders. Ueshiba sensei was famed for his martial prowess despite his small stature, age was also no hinderance to aikido as he was still performing aikido demonstrations in 1969 at the age of 85.


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