Main Line Budo -the Bryn Mawr dojo of Aikido Kinokawa.
Budō is a compound of the root “bu” (meaning war or martial) and “dō” (meaning path or way) (not a female deer). The Bryn Mawr dojo of Aikido Kinokawa is located, conveniently, at 1020 W. Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr, PA. Main Line Budo also hosts classes for both Judo and Karate.
Aikido. Aikido is a martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba (O’Sensei) as a synthesis of martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs and 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 is a very effective means of self-defense. The movement of Aikido (for the practioner) is flowing and graceful. Aikido was derived mainly from the martial arts of early 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 which emphasizes the unconditional acceptance and blending of energy (Ki). Its focus is to achieve the unification of mind, body and spirit into one movement with total concentration and purpose. It is also an effective and practical martial art.
Judo. Jūdō (meaning “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. The worldwide spread of judo has led to the development of a number of offshoots such as Sambo, Bartitsu, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Karate. Karate (meaning “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. For many practitioners, karate is a deeply philosophical practice.