Aikido is a defensive martial art practiced around the world; it emphasizes blending with an attacker to redirect the energy of the attack. It emerged as a distinctive martial art in twentieth century Japan, but it’s based on much older, traditional teachings. Developed by Morihei Ueshiba, now called O Sensei or “Great Teacher,” aikido translates as “the way of harmony.”
Hemlock Bluffs Aikido is an official dojo of the Aikido World Alliance, which is directed by Andrew Sato Shihan and based in Chicago, Illinois. Many of us are students of Richard Price Sensei of Gishinkan Dojo in Kure Beach, North Carolina, and he trains regularly at HBA.
We see our training as a way to both build our skills and help others. We are committed to cooperation, respect, and service to our communities in everything we do, both on and off the mats.
Our dojo’s name comes from its proximity to the Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve. We meet at Integrity Movement Communication Yoga Studio, which is owned by Candice Davies, one of our members and an accomplished yoga instructor.