Class Description: The Art of Peace—Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba. Aikido is often translated as “the way of unifying (with) life energy or as “the way of harmonious spirit.” Ueshiba’s higher calling was to create an art which combined all martial arts as a template for unifying all beings, creating harmony on Earth.
Training at Aikido of Sandpoint.
At Takayama dojo you will experience training as a mixture of old and new, physical and spiritual.
Our Aikido practice is not based in self defense nor philosophy, though these subjects are addressed continually as to deepen ones awareness of the self and the physical surroundings.
With the combination of solid Awasa (technique) Physical training and awareness of ones self as well as the physical environment. The potential for an effective self defense system becomes a byproduct of the practice.
Our techniques and approach to Aiki fall inline with the teachings of O’sensei. We still have a strong root in Ki/Energy Awareness and development. ( for those questioning the meaning of or even the existence of Ki or Subtle Energy it is simply the all, God, Source, or that which animates all things.
The development and strengthening of the physical body as well as spiritual awareness is critical to any and all Martial Arts or personal development.
All Martial Arts began with the ideal of mending the Physical and Spiritual Worlds.
It is only the modern martial arts and fast food approach to self defense that has moved away from this way of understanding and teaching.
An entire generation is missing out on so many things, this understanding is just one of them.
Sensei Reitan first began his training in Aikido due to its non violent approach to the Martial Arts as well as its Spiritual benefits. He began his early training in 1979 in a very effective form of Japanese Budo, though the practice was very Martial in its way, it still had a deeply imbedded spiritual practice at its core.
We at Takayama Dojo still look deeply into and study these ideals intently..
Benefits of the Class: Practice of self defense and self preservation through a non-violent and non competitive practice, fitness, balance, agility and coordination. Rolling and falling safely. Grounding, focus and discipline. Excelled learning. Awareness of self and how to work in a group with others.
Beginning to Intermediate Aikido. (all levels welcome) Monday and Thursday. 6:00 – 7:00 PM.
(Cost $65 Per Month, includes Beginning to Intermediate Aikido Classes)
Advanced Aikido (Open to students 5th kyu and above) Monday and Thursday. 7:15 – 8:30 P.M.
(Cost $120 per month includes all Aikido classes)
Intro to Aikido
Free Class held the First Monday of Every Month 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
This is a 2 hour introduction to the art of Aikido, these classes are free, no uniform required just bring yourself and some comfortable stretchy clothes, no shorts please..
Classes are taught by Sensei and Gaia Reitan and assisted by current Aikido students, this is an informative and slow moving experiential class.
We will also be doing demonstrations of basic to advanced Aikido techniques and practice..
Aikido of Sandpoint will be slowly be changing its face and its model for Adult Aikido.
Since 1998 Sensei Reitan has built and operated 8 Aiki Dojos, The original dojo was named Takayama Dojo ( After “Takayama Ukan” a 15 century Christian Samurai)
Takayama Dojo was located in Bend Oregon and was built from the ground up by its students it was operated as a Private dojo which means it was not open to the public as a walk in, if a student wished to participate they had to go through an interview process in order to join the group. The Takayama dojo model was more in line with early traditional Japanese dojo’s or training facilities.
Takayama dojo was built on private property and was surrounded by gardens, waterfalls and nature. As in tradition the students did the majority of the up keep and care of the dojo and the surrounding property.
What this did was to create a very high level of student integrity, maturity and learning potential. This also fostered a very strong service orientated community.
This summer Takayama Dojo will begin the process of returning its structure and dojo community back to a Private dojo.
This process will begin in our current commercial dojo in downtown Sandpoint by offering a less intense and less costly program for our new student enrollment. Once students reach a specified level and have proven to be exceptional students they will have the opportunity to move into the more comprehensive program which will be closed to the general populous.
Our more advanced program involves the study of Aikido and the early arts which Aikido blossomed from, this study includes, Japanese Jujutsu, Ken Jutsu, Kendo, Iaido, Meditation and Ki building Arts.
This program do to it’s all encompassing nature will be available only to students committed to the Aiki practice as well as their own personal growth.
Our future plans are to begin building a new private dojo on private land this summer, and finish sometime next summer.. Our Private dojo will be built by its current and new students and will be in the tradition of a Japanese Mountain Dojo ( Kin No Yama Dojo).
If you wish to be part of either of these training programs please come in and see us at Aikido of Sandpoint 525 Oak St. Sandpoint Idaho.