We strongly believe that everyone should be able to have a life of harmony with others. That's why we practice aikido. Whether you're a just a beginner or an advanced student needing guidance, let's explore harmony together!
We offer both group and private lessons, separated by skill level, for many different techniques!
Created in Japan by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), Aikido is a relatively recent innovation within the world of martial arts, heir to a rich cultural and philosophical background. Before creating aikido, Ueshiba trained extensively in several varieties of jujitsu, as well as sword and spear fighting. Ueshiba also immersed himself in religious studies and developed an ideology devoted to universal socio-political harmony. Incorporating these principles into his martial art, Ueshiba developed many aspects of aikido in concert with his philosophical and religious ideology.
Aikido is not primarily a system of combat, but rather a means of self-cultivation and improvement. Aikido has no tournaments, competitions, contests, or "sparring." Instead, all aikido techniques are learned cooperatively at a pace commensurate with the abilities of each trainee. According to the founder, the goal of aikido is not the defeat of others, but the defeat of the negative characteristics which inhabit one's own mind and inhibit its functioning.
At the same time, the potential of aikido as a means of self-defense should not be ignored. One reason for the prohibition of competition in aikido is that many aikido techniques would have to be excluded because of their potential to cause serious injury. By training cooperatively, even potentially lethal techniques can be practiced without substantial risk.
It must be emphasized that there are no shortcuts to proficiency in aikido (or in anything else, for that matter). Consequently, attaining proficiency in aikido is simply a matter of sustained and dedicated training. No one becomes an expert in just a few months or years.
Seeking more information about aikido, or maybe just looking to buy some gear? The list below is by no means exhaustive, nor should it be taken to imply that Fairfield Aikikai endorses one site or manufacturer over another - it's simply a few places to get you started!
In the site's own words, "AikiWeb's principal purpose is to serve the Internet community as a repository and dissemination point for aikido information." This is a great starting point to just about anything online dealing with aikido.
"...an interactive forum, where knowledge, viewpoints and ideas can be exchanged, and where understanding and communication can expand. In short, we want Aikido Online to be a unique resource for the continuing growth of this special lineage of O-Sensei's Aikido. A terrific site with much to offer, including some really beautiful artwork by Harvey Konigsberg.
"Bu Jin Design™ products are known for their original, functional design and rugged construction." Bu Jin makes high quality aikido gi's, training weapons and other useful gear.
The web site of the United States Aikido Federation (USAF), of which Fairfield Aikikai is a member. USAF is a non-profit educational institution created for the purpose of spreading and maintaining the integrity of the Japanese martial art of Aikido. Click here to see a list of of USAF dojos.
Aikikai Hombu Dojo stands as the central point of the Aikido world. Currently at Aikikai Hombu Dojo under the direction of Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu and Moriteru Ueshiba Dojocho, numerous Shihan and Shidoin work to fulfill the spirit and creation of Aikido throughout the world. This is a link to Hombu Dojo's web presence.