Frequently Asked Questions

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It is understandable that you will have questions surrounding the art of Aikido. We hope to answer the most frequent questions about Bushido Aikidojo here.

Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art, evolved of older forms of martial arts, mainly “Aikijujitsu”, into a form of disciplined practice for self-improvement and growth. Aikido translate from Japanese language as: “Ai” means harmony, “Ki” means energy or Vitality-force, and “Do” means way: The way of harmony/unification with the cosmic vital-force (aka "Breath of Life"). Aikido is a skill that helps subduing or neutralizing aggression without causing damage. It is very peaceful and enjoyable to practice.
Unlike many other arts, Aikido focuses on non-aggression and peaceful resolution of a conflict/fight. It trains its practitioners to develop their body and character through a large variety of self-defense techniques with focus on correct body awareness rather than muscular force.

We are an independent Dojo that is affiliated with the IIMAA (, an international organization of independent Martial Arts, and are recognized by it. Any Black-Belt grade or higher instructional titles we issue are recognized by the IIMAA.

The name for our Dojo is based on the concept of "BUSHIDO", a traditional code of ethics based in the SAMURAI era in Japan. As we honor the code we try to train and be aware of it's value as we grow into noble martial artists, and avoid turning into just common "aggressors". Aikido is a wonderful way to achieve a practical skill balanced with mature and peaceful personality.
Aikido is a spiritual practice that help train our body and character as one and as a form of practice does include certain ethical manners, in a similar way to most traditional martial arts, but in NO WAY it is a religious cult that may conflict with any other belief and should NOT be understood as one. Aikido spiritual practice is very universal in nature and does not conflict with any known religion and actually may help to enhance one's own faith.
While in theory, with consistent intensive practice it may take between 3 to 4 years, practically it takes about an average of 5 to 6 years with most practitioners due to a variety of reason, such as unplanned times off, changes in lifestyle, individual progressive pace and more. However the importance is that every journey towards self-mastery is an individual.
The traditional "main-stream" of Aikido opposes having any contest due to the tensed atmosphere and uncontrolled conflict that may arise in it and may cause unnecessary injuries and incorrect practice manner. However it is known of an exceptional style of Aikido, "Tomiki-Ryu" (Aka "Shodokan"), that incorporates contests to its practice. In our Dojo contests are not practiced, but we do have other forms of advanced practice.

Champions are made not born

Success is what we usually associate champions with but we don’t see the amount of hard work and dedication they put in when no one is watching. No one is born a champion. Being a champion has to be earned.

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