Aikido is a unique, non-violent, Japanese martial way to defend ourselves without harming our attackers. Known around the world as “The Art of Peace”, Aikido is favored by peace officers due to its highly practical applications designed to end conflict quickly and safely.
The practice of Aikido is vigorous and demanding, but Aikido is not a sport. There are no competitive tournaments. Students work cooperatively with partners to master complex physical techniques, taking turns throwing, pinning or falling. Characterized by flowing, circular movements, Aikido emphasizes blending with an attack to neutralize aggressors, using position and timing to capture the other’s center. Aikido is appropriate for men, women and children of all ages and fitness levels.
More than a science of tactics and self-defense, Aikido is a discipline for perfecting the spirit:
"Aiki is not a technique to fight with or defeat the enemy. It is the Way to reconcile the world, and make human beings one family." - O’Sensei, Founder of Aikido
The characters AI-KI-DO translate as Harmony - Energy - Way, or The Way of Unity with the Universal Force.
Located on Ventura Boulevard in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, Tarzana Aikikai serves families and individuals from the Greater Los Angeles Area who want to practice traditional Aikido. Owners and instructors Robert Hyatt and Nancy Supanich, with their 9-year-old son Max, welcome new families, beginners and seasoned Aikido practitioners to train at their USAF dojo, and share their hopes for a more peaceful world.