Aikido & Genkido
Cooperative practice with a partner emphasizes self-defense techniques using wrist and arm immobilizations (katame waza) and throws (nage waza). The techniques are used in response to many different types of attacks such as wrist grabs, head strikes, punches, and knife attacks. The number of possible aikido techniques is virtually limitless, however beginners start by focusing on a core group of basic techniques. From this foundation, a student gradually builds up his or her "repertoire" and practice expands to include freestyle techniques (jiyu waza) and handling multiple attackers (randori).
A foundational component of Aikido training is ukemi – the act of receiving a technique. In its simplest sense, ukemi is the practice of being thrown or pinned safely, and this is a critical skill set that is taught from the moment a new student steps onto the mat.
Imaizumi Sensei has written that genkido is the way of cultivating one’s body, mind and spirit through training in ki development exercises for coordinating mind and body. Genkido forms the foundation of training in Shin-Budo Kai. The concepts of genkido permeate all levels of instruction and include exercises that emphasize proper breathing (kokyuho), maintaining balance, and moving with mind-body coordination. Ki development exercises performed individually (hitori taiso) or in pairs (futari taiso) are practiced during every class. Genkido also includes the practice of misogi (from mi, meaning “body” and sogi, meaning “to purify”). At ASBK, misogi practices include cleaning/maintaining the dojo, breathing meditation, and group chanting.