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Our dojo philosophy follows the teachings of Morihiro Saito Shihan who spent the last 23 years of O’Sensei’s life in Iwama, Japan serving and assimilating the Founders wishes for the future of Aikido. Saito Sensei is regarded as the master technician of this art and has codified the techniques and philosophy into a teachable and understandable form for all to learn. We adhere to this “Iwama Style” of aikido.

Bill Sensei has a clear vision and desire that aikido is a martial art but can also be an art of healing. We don’t believe or practice in the notion of “no pain, no gain” nor support the idea that students learn this art through their injuries, pain and suffering. Students are guided to avoid injury and take care of themselves and others. This “Art of Peace”, as O’Sensei described it, teaches us to avoid conflict and dynamically interact with potential threat. Classes emphasize balance, centering, awareness, posture, flexibility, strength, power, and having Fun!

Bill Smythe, Chief Instructor, Aikido Arts Center Santa Fe

Failure is the key to success. Each mistake teaches us something.

Morihei Ueshiba O’Sensei