The modern Japanese martial art of Aikido was founded by Morehei Ueshiba as a profound way of resolving conflict and creating harmony in the world. Aikido, a philosophy with a physical expression, is a dynamic form of self defense.
Adults and teens who train at Hikari dojo can expect to develop confidence, inner peace and conflict resolution skill.
Louis Jumonville Shihan, 6th degree black belt, and chief instructor of Hikari dojo studied extensively at the founder’s dojo in Iwama, Japan. Sensei has been training for over 40 years in Japanese martial arts.
Hikari Dojo is dedicated to transmitting the teaching of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, as taught by his longest standing student and world renown teacher, Morihiro Saito Shihan. Equal importance is given to training in the body oriented arts of empty hands techniques, Aiki Ken (sword), and Aiki Jo (staff), and misogi purification is also emphasized. Meditation and yoga, in the tradition of Kundalini Maha Yoga, as taught by Dhyan Yogi and Sri Anandi Ma, support and enrich the training. All styles are welcome.
The weapons training system of Aikido at Hikari Dojo is a direct transmission from the Founder of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba, O’Sensei , through Morihiro Saito Shihan 9th Dan. Saito Shihan, was taught directly and privately by O’sensei over a period of 23 years in Iwama, Japan. The weapons system is referred to as Aiki-Ken (bokken), and Aiki-Jo (staff), which has a direct relationship to tai sabaki (the empty handed movements of the body). This relationship between empty hands practice and weapons training is called ken tai jitsu riai which is unique to Aikido practice. Students learn the relationship between the body (tai), mind (shin), and spirit (ki). Takemusu Aiki, the spontaneous expression of truth that reflects the founder’s highest ideals of harmony between mind and matter, spirit and form.