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L'Aikido

There are no contests in the Art of Peace. A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing. Defeat means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbor within. Morihei Ueshiba

At first sight, Aikido looks like an elegant self-defence technique, exploiting blocks, projections and join locks against one or more attackers. Indeed, it is the synthesis of ancient techniques eveolved from the classical Jujutsu and from Kenjutsu (the art of the sword). Aikido has its own peculiarity and power by means of movements based on the rotation of a sphere.

While other martial arts are conceived around linear movements (forward, backward and on the diagonal line), Aikido techniques stem from a circular movement around the defender. S/he can thus make her/his center stable, unbalancing the attacker and exploiting the aggressive power as floating energy.

Morihei Ueshiba Throwing Tada

Ueshiba Morihei, Aikido founder
(source: Aikido Journal)

Aikido (Path of the energy and armony, from Ai 合 Armony, Ki 気 Energy, and Do 道 Path) is the result of a long personal journey carried out by the founder, Morihei Ueshiba.
Aikido aims at educating towards the mutual respect of one another, thus it refuses to become a competitive activity. In this spirit, there are no competitions but only tests to pass from one level to the next, and demostrations to disseminate the activity itself.

Kisshomaru Ueshiba

Ueshiba Kisshomaru, the second Doshu
(source: Aikido Journal)

Aikido has no competition, thus it is common to see in Aikido dojos people of all ages practicing together. The practice inherently develops a cooperation between participants, who progress together in their paths. Attention is devoted to the etiquette and respect, so creating a propitious atmosphere towards a positive approach to Aikido and life.
People start practicing Aikido with different motivations, some do it because of its philosphy, others for the martial aspects, others for the elegance of the movements.

Present Doshu

Ueshiba Moriteru, the present Doshu
(source: Aikikai Foundation)

The Ueshiba family
(source: Aikikai Foundation)

All techniques use four qualities that reflect the nature of our world. Depending on the circumstance, you should be: hard as a diamond, flexible as a willow, smooth-flowing like water, or as empty as space. Morihei Ueshiba

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Fujimoto Sensei

Il Maestro Fujimoto

Fujimoto Sensei (VIII dan and Shihan Aikikai Hombudojo) founded and directed the dojo for over 40 years. After his death, in February 2012, the same ethics and teaching path are adopted in continuing his work.

Fujimoto Sensei was born in Yamaguchi in 1948 and sent to Italy to promote Aikido, assuming the role of vice-director of Aikikai d’Italia.
He arrives in Milano in 1971, where he starts and develops one of the most important Aikido schools in Europe.
In more than 40 years, Fujimoto Sensei deeply contributed to the diffusion of Aikido not only in Italy, but also in Europe, Russia and South Africa.
Fujimoto Sensei died in February 2012, fostering a continuity of his Aikido style and his dojo.

Fujimoto Sensei

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Classes and schedule

Aikikai Milano offers different classes, considering age and progress:

pre-aikido age 5-6 October‑MayOct-May Wed. 17:00We 17–18–18:00
kids age 7-10 October‑MayOct-May Mon. 17:00Mo 17–18–18:00
Thu. 17:00Th 17–18–18:00
youngsters age 11-14 October‑MayOct-May Tue. 17:00Tu 17–18–18:00
Fri. 17:00Fr 17–18–18:00
beginners October‑JuneOct-Jun Tue. 19:00Tu 19–20–20:00
Thu. 20:00Th 20–21–21:00
Fri. 19:00Fr 19–20–20:00
Beginners' class is open to all those who have never practised Aikido and are 15 years old, at least. There is no maximum age. It is possible to join at any time during the year, since teacher's assistants will help you catch up with the rest of the group.
adults all year, see details

Beginners' class is open to all those who have never practised Aikido and are 15 years old, at least. There is no maximum age. It is possible at any time during the year, since teacher's assistants will help you catch up with the rest of the group.

October-June ~ adults

MondayMo     18:00- 19:00 19:00- 20:00 20:00- 21:00
TuesdayTu 07:00- 08:00 13:00- 14:00 18:00- 19:00   20:00- 21:00
WednesdayWe     18:00- 19:00 19:00- 20:00 20:00- 21:00
ThursdayTh     18:00- 19:00 19:00- 20:00  
FridayFr 07:00- 08:00 13:00- 14:00 18:00- 19:00   20:00- 21:00
SaturdaySa 10:00- 11:30        
JO/BOKKEN from October to May

July ~ adults

Monday   18:00- 19:00 19:00- 20:00 20:00- 21:00
Tuesday 07:00- 08:00      
Wednesday   18:00- 19:00 19:00- 20:00 20:00- 21:00
Friday   18:00- 19:00 19:00- 20:00 20:00- 21:00

August ~ adults

Monday   19:30- 21:00  
Wednesday   19:30- 21:00  
Friday   19:30- 21:00  

September ~ adults

Monday   18:00- 19:00 19:00- 20:00 20:00- 21:00
Tuesday 07:00- 08:00 18:00- 19:00 19:00- 20:00 20:00- 21:00
Thursday   18:00- 19:00 19:00- 20:00 20:00- 21:00
Friday   18:00- 19:00 19:00- 20:00 20:00- 21:00

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Next upcoming event

Seminario di fine anno

  • When: mar 26 dic. 2017 - sab 30 dic. 2017 mar 26 dic. 2017 - sab 30 dic. 2017
  • Where: Milano
  • Instructor(s): Auro FABBRETTI, VII dan Aikikai
  • Roberto FOGLIETTA, VI dan Aikikai
  • Roberto TRAVAGLINI, VI dan Aikikai
  • Flyer: pdf  
Complete list of this year seminars (in Italian)

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Photos

Dojo photo gallery

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Aikido summer camp 2017

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Weapons seminar - April 2017

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Mu, VI and V Kyu seminar - March 2017

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Osawa Shihan seminar - February 2017

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Bogdanovic Sensei seminar - February 2017

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V, IV and III Kyu seminar - January 2017

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End of the year seminar - 2016

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Yudansha, I, II and III kyu seminar - November 2016

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Opening seminar 2016-17

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Osawa Shihan seminar

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VI and V Kyu seminar

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End of the year seminar - 2015

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Contacts

Dojo responsible: Laura Benevelli, IV dan Aikikai d'Italia, Aikikai Tokyo.

Contact us:
  • In the dojo:Loreto area, small private road from via Porpora 43-47
    Pharmacy on the corner
    , Red and Green Metro lines (Loreto stop) and busses 62 and 81.
  • Phone:(+39) 3881517258
  • Email:segreteria@aikikaimilano.it

Desk hours:
◇ Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 17:30-19:30

Associazione Sportiva Dilettantistica Aikikai Milano - via Lulli, 30 - 20131 Milano - Italia

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aikikai d'italia 

School affiliated with Associazione di Cultura
Tradizionale Giapponese Aikikai d'Italia Ente
Morale (D.P.R. luglio 1978 n. 528)
and Centro Sportivo Educativo Nazionale

CSEN

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