Training at Victory Pacific Aikido encourages self discovery, self development, self discipline and true victory…self victory.
Aikido fosters positivity and peace. The owl represents our dojo as a symbol of protection from suffering, good fortune and wisdom. Surely, the heart of martial arts is in protection of ourselves and those who we love; true martial artists are protectors and encourage peace.
The history of Aikido is deep and has it's roots in the proven and adaptable techniques of Jiujitsu and sword work. Today Aikido techniques are found in every elite military system in the world. True Aikido technique is limitless, and is used everyday in real world martial interactions by law enforcement and military internationally due to it's proven effectiveness.
Aikido thrives worldwide and there are thousands of schools, all with their own heritage, understanding and practice. At Victory Pacific Aikido we honor our direct lineage, the traditions that have been passed to us, and diverse martial training. [Aiki is] “…to become one with the power of the universal energy; to become one with the energy of the life force…”(1). Aikido is based in natural movement and is primarily formless, therefore it’s important each person adapts technique to work in harmony with their own unique qualities. There are as many ways to do Aikido as there are people and spirits.
We all hold different parts of life and express art differently; at V.P.A. we embrace diversity and encourage individual expression. “Aikido is the study of natures laws and the universal principles underlying them. The basis of natural law, as of every individual’s existence, is the principle of change, or movement. Aikido technique manifests this principle…”(2). At Victory Pacific Aikido we come together as dedicated and passionate students in an atmosphere of respect, challenge, empowerment, learning and peace.
Martial arts can provide tools helping increase self-esteem, coordination, productivity, focus, and a personal realization of spiritual tranquility and safety. Power is first manifested in the individual. We learn exact ways to control and boost that power in Aikido.
Through ancient teachings within warfare and energy arts, anyone can extract their individual power, granting them security in any situation, under any type of attack, physical or otherwise.
Aikido is wonderful because it can be practiced by everyone, and is readily adaptable for individual needs. People practice Aikido from all walks of life; being a universal art, Aikido bridges world cultures and views. At V.P.A. we uphold the traditions and history of Aikido while making the concepts, qualities and material of the art accessible to everyone in the wildly diverse ’melting pot’ of culture in America. The physical, mental and spiritual qualities between entire nations of people and individuals vary greatly as will the manifestation of technique, understanding, and application.
We train for each student to develop the principles and practices of both weapons and empty hand methods to the best of their ability.
We revere the history of Budo and Aikido, while allowing for the innovations that inherently come with time and diverse perspectives. We encourage a contemporary joyful spirit in training, as guided by the founder.
Aikido gives a context to explore natural law, as do many arts, sciences, philosophies and religions. It is one of the many paths that reveal truth, doing so through the scope of the warrior and martial understanding.
Motomichi Anno Sensei (8th dan) teaches [Aikido] ”…is an art of universal truth and international significance.” (4).
O’sensei, Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, said, “…to study Aikido you must study the creation and movement of the universe, the principles of the forces that created it, the flow and function of nature’s energy…” (1).
1. Saotome, Aikido and the Harmony of Nature (Boston & London: Shambhala Publications, 1993), 2, 35
2. Gleason, The Spiritual Foundations of Aikido (Rochester, Vermont: Destiny Books, 1995), 166
3. Ueshiba, Budo Teachings of the Founder of Aikido (Tokyo, New York, & London: Kodansha International, 1991), 27
4. Motomichi Anno, quoted in Linda Holiday, Journey to the Heart of Aikido (Berkeley, California: Blue Snake Books, 2013), 93