Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art created by Morihei Ueshiba who had aimed to formulate a discipline that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury.
Ueshiba developed aikido primarily during the late 1920s through the 1930s through the synthesis of the older Ju Jitsu arts that he had studied. The core martial art from which aikido derives is Daitō-ryū aiki-jūjutsu. Additionally, Ueshiba is known to have studied Tenjin Shin'yō-ryū, Gotōha Yagyū Shingan-ryū and Judo.
Ueshiba's senior students have different approaches to aikido, depending partly on when they studied with him during his lifetime. Today aikido is found all over the world in a number of styles, with broad ranges of interpretation and emphasis.
The style of Aikido taught at Masterton Judo & Ju Jitsu Academy is from Aikiway Aikido and its instructor Tony Schaufelberger, 6th Dan.
Tony's approach to Aikido is through the exploration of it's principles with regards to grounding, connection, structure and space. This concept plus it's structured syllabus means that it fits well alongside the Ju Jitsu and Judo taught at the Academy.
Mondays 9pm to 10.30pm
Wednesday 9pm to 10.30pm
Nga Totara Dojo is affiliated to Aikiway Aikido in Auckland.