What is Aikido?
AIKIDO is a martial art created by Morihei Ueshiba. It can be practiced on many levels and by people of all ages. There are no weight restrictions or weight categories. It has many elements useful for self-defence, but many people practise it as a way to keep fit and healthy and as a type of spiritual training. There are no competitions or tournaments and training usually takes the form of repeated practice of basic movements and a variety of throwing and pinning techniques.
Peter Goldsbury (6th dan) began practice in 1969 and has trained in the UK and the USA under many different teachers before moving to Japan in 1980. Werner Steinhaus (5th dan) started out doing Judo and after 10 years of Jûdô training began practicing Aikido in 1980 in Germany. Since moving to Japan, he practiced in Matsuyama and Ôsaka under various teachers. Instructor Carolin (5th dan) began practice in 1984 in Germany. Since moving to Japan, she practiced in Matsuyama, Kobe and Ôsaka.
At the moment, the Saijo school has participants from the USA, Australia, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Germany and Britain- so they are living up to the “International” name!
Practice Hours: Tuesdays and Sundays from 19.00-20.30
Fees: 2000 Yen/month; students 1000 Yen/month
Place: Higashi-Hiroshima City, Saijo Junior High School Judo Dojo (First floor of Gymnasium)
Access by train: take the JR Sanyo Line to Saijo Station (about 30 minutes from Hiroshima Station). From there, it is about 15 min. walk (see map)
By car: The Dojo is close to old route No. 2, which runs through Saijo parallel to the JR line (see map). Parking space is available at the school.
Contact: 082-430-4750 (English and Japanese) e-mail: [email protected]