What is Aikido
Aikido is a Japanese martial art derived from the samurai traditions. Developed by Morihei Ueshiba (known as "O'Sensei" or "Great Teacher"), Aikido primarily uses joint locks and manipulations, as well as "center-to-center" connection between people, to unbalance opponents. While Aikido is an effective martial art, many practitioners find its value as a "Do" (pronounced "Doe"), or "Japanese Way of Learning," outweigh its practical applications. No matter what one is looking for in a martial art, Aikido can be a rich experience for people of all ages and abilities.
Meet the instructor
Michael Weber Sensei has been studying Aikido since 1989. His training includes seven years under John Boland Sensei, two years under Mark Uttech Sensei, and three years training in Shingu, Japan, under Aikido 10th degree black belt, Michio Hikitsuchi Sensei. Michael Weber Sensei is still connected to the Aikido Kumano Juku Dojo in Shingu, Japan, and has invited the current chief instructor, Mitsuo Tasaka Sensei to teach in Wisconsin every year since 2003. Michael Sensei has served as dojo-cho of Aikido of Wales since January of 2002, and has a fifth degree black belt in Aikido, a second degree black belt in Kendo, and a first degree black belt in Aiki-Bojutsu.