Martial arts in Summit County and the Park City area.

Aikido: A non-violent, non-competitive Japanese martial art of self-defense. Through practice, members acquire physical skills and the capacity to maintain equanimity and tranquility in situations of crisis and stress in any area of their lives, whether it be at home, at work, or on the street. Because aikido is non-competitive, men and women may practice aikido equally well at any age.

Weapons: Weapons integrate the weight, balance, stance, timing, and distance of one’s body movement.  As extensions of the body, wooden staff and sword polish and develop one’s body, mind and spirit.  As K. Ueshiba wrote in his book, Aikido “unless you can make the weapons part of your body, you have not truly trained in Aikido.”

Iaido: Batto-ho, “sword-drawing method,” is based on Iaido, “the Way of sword drawing” and other traditional forms of Japanese sword work.  It further reveals and explores the roots of Aikido.  Included in this body of work are the traditional forms of Omori-ryu, Shindo Munen Ryu and Hasegawa Eishin Ryu.

Zazen: Mature martial study includes self-reflection. For the modern warrior, Zen increases one’s focus. In practical terms, training means regular meditation and participation in Sesshin, a several-day meditation retreat.   One need not share the Zen Buddhist approach to practice.

Misogi-Harai: Also known as misogi-no-kokyu-ho, this is vigorous exhaustive training in breathing.  Our practice of this misogi shugyo is desperate, ravenous, fierce and relentless to bring forth and strengthen that core most essential to humanity. Participation is by invitation.

Kids: These classes are designed for ages 8-15.  They provide the basis for body development, conditioning and strengthening.  Kids learn self esteem, respect for others and discipline applicable in both academic and athletic endeavors.

Open Mat: These sessions allow for serious but unstructured martial play.  Opportunities to explore insights, questions conclusions and integrate training into real life scenarios.

We’d love to answer your questions about getting started. Call today, or come by and see us at:

Summit Aikikai

Phone: (305) 761-0428

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