Main Line Budo,

the Bryn Mawr Dojo of Aikido Kinokawa

Welcome. Budō is a compound of the root “bu” (“war”) and “dō” (“way”) (not a female deer). The Bryn Mawr dojo of Aikido Kinokawa is located conveniently on Pennsylvania’s posh Main Line. Aikido classes are currently held on Tuesdays (from 5pm-7pm) and on Saturdays (from 9am-12:30pm). Main Line Budo’s streetfront space also hosts classes for both Judo and Karate. Think of it as one-stop shopping for your martial practice.

front_2011_09_05Aikido. Aikido is a martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba (O’Sensei) as a synthesis of martial study, philosophy, and religious beliefs and was further refined by Koichi Tohei, Sensei. Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it.

Often described as the only “purely defensive” marital art, Aikido, correctly applied, can be a very effective means of self-defense. The movement of Aikido is seen as flowing and graceful, which can be deceptive. We are fond of calling it “Origami with People©”. Aikido was derived primarily from the martial arts of Japanese jū jitsu and Judo, from which the joint locks and throws are recognizable.

SenseiAikido Kinokawa ryu is a form of Aikido founded by Hanshi Michael Wirth. It is very much a “ki-based” form of Aikido and while both flowing and, at times elegant, it would be considered by most to be a “hard style” of Aikido. Its focus is to achieve the unification of mind, body and spirit into one movement with total concentration and purpose. And sometimes that takes just a little more juice than most Aikidokas wield.

Judo.  Jūdō (“gentle way”) is a modern Japanese martial art created in 1882 by Dr Kano Jigoro.  Its most prominent feature is competition, where the object is to either throw one’s opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue one’s opponent with a grappling maneuver, or submission hold or choke.

Karate.  Karate (“open hand” or “china hand” ) is a martial art developed in the 20th century in what is now Okinawa, Japan. It was developed from indigenous fighting methods on the Island.  Kenpō Karate is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, and open-handed techniques.