Main Line Budo,
the Lower Merion Dojo of Aikido Kinokawa
Welcome. Budō is a compound of the root “bu” (“war”) and “dō” (“way”) and is the path of Martial Art. The Lower Merion dojo of Aikido Kinokawa is located conveniently in Lower Merion Township. Aikido classes are currently held on Tuesdays (from 6pm-8pm) and on Saturdays (from 9am-12:00pm).
Aikido. 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.
Aikido 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. (Just ask anyone who ever stepped on a mat with Sensei) 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.