What we're about
Fort Collins Aikikai is a dojo that teaches Aikikai style Aikido. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome. Aikido is a martial art dedicated to resolving conflict by harmonizing with the attacker's motion. Typical techniques involve movements designed to off-balance the attacker, finishing with either submission locks or throws. Aikido can be a great compliment (or contrast) to Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and similar striking/kicking arts. We are non-competitive and interested only in self-improvement. Dues are minimal, only to offset costs.
The organizer, Steve O'Hara, is a Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt) who started training in Aikido in 1998 under Ron Christenham Sensei of Sarpy Aikido in Omaha. Sarpy Aikido and its affiliated dojos are part of Aikido Hawaii International (AHI), headed by Robert Kubo Shihan.
AHI is an Aikikai-affiliated Aikido organization. Aikikai is the original international Aikido organization headed by Moriteru Ueshiba, the grandson of the founder, Morihei Ueshiba.
We also have a facebook (http://www.facebook.com/FortCollinsAikido) page and a google plus page. Feel free to keep in touch via our social media sites, but this meetup group remains our primary place where we schedule events, maintain the calendar, and send out e-mail notifications.