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Page 6-Tuesday. December 8, 1981-The Michigan Daily

Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art, based on the sword move-
ments and philosophy of ancient samurai tradition, but dedicated
to physical and spiritual harmony. Training in Aikido combines
rigorous exercise, technique practiced by two individuals together,
and kata (formal movement patterns) done both empty-handed and
with wooden sword, staff, and knife. Through continued study and
repetition, students attempt to master the intricacies of balance
and technique, learning to blend their movements with the energy
of their partner. Aikido is a non-violent martial art that defends
the self through non-resistance rather than force or physical
strength. At its highest level, however, Aikido training is a vehicle
for understanding the relationship of the self with nature.
Sensei Takashi Kushida of Japan introduced Yoshinkai-style
Aikido to this country in 1973. In August of this year the Aikido
Yoshinkai Association of North America moved its North Ameri-
can headquarters to Ann Arbor, with Kushida establishing the
Genyokan dojo near the Ann Arbor City Airport. There, in classes
held. several times daily, he instructs men-and-women of all ages in
the art he has practiced for more than 25 years.

Photos by
Mike Lucas
Daily photographer Mike Lucas spent several weeks pho-
Stographing Kushida and his students-during classes, at a
9 demonstration, and at the semi-annual black belt test. Those
interested in learning more about Aikido Yoshinkai may con-
tact the headquarters dojo at 313/662-4686. Classes are held
at the Genyokan dojo, 749 Airport Blvd., Ann Arbor, 48104,
located in the Airport Plaza behind K-Mart, as well as at the
University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor Y.


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