Austin Iwama Aikido Demonstration

As part of the Japanese Martial Arts program series in 2015, JASGA will present Aikido (合気道), Japanese Martial Arts by Austin Iwama Aikido on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm. 


About Aikido:    

Aikido is a Japanese martial art founded by Morihei Ueshiba  (a.k.a. O-sensei or the great teacher) in 1942.

The physical techniques of this art, primarily joint techniques and throws, derive from various "old style" jujutsu, most notably those of the Daito-ryu style.  However, the founder felt that his system was unique in that it united the mind, body, and spirit of the practitioner in such a way to overcome an opponent without resorting to a clash of arms.

It is while the founder, Morihei Ueshiba, resided in Iwama, Ibaraki Pref., Japan that he developed the art form that we today recognize as Aikido.  The movements of taijutsu (empty handed techniques) and weapons (particularly the sword and spear) were synthesized into a physical art form which emphasizes the practitioners own personal development. 

Iwama Style is easily discernible from other styles of Aikido.  It is highly technical and deeply rooted in the basics of the art.  Techniques are practiced in a very clean, focused, and precise manner.  Training is structured, beginning with slow, deliberate movements, progressing over time in both skill and efficiency, resulting in techniques that are fluid and extremely powerful.

Aikido is a highly effective form of self-defense that does not require great size or strength on the part of the practitioner, and can therefore be learned and practiced by men and women of virtually any size or age.  Rather than contest an opponent's power, the Aikido practitioner merges into his or her opponent control.

About Christopher S. Field  (Chief Instructor and Dojo-cho at Austin Iwama Aikido):

Christopher Field began his training in 1992 in Westlake Village, California.  He was trained by David Alexander, one of the top Iwama Aikido teachers in America, who spent over 10 years studying under Morihiro Saito Shihan (top senior instructor) in Iwama, Japan.  

Field was awarded his current rank of Yondan (4th degree black belt) by Alexander Sensei in 2003.  After Alexander Sensei’s retirement, Field Sensei became the Technical Director of Westlake Village Aikido where he continued to teach until moving to Austin in 2006.  Field Sensei has also been fortunate enough to study with many of Aikido’s top instructors including Morihiro Saito, Hiroshi Isoyama, Shigemi Inagaki, Bill Witt, and Robert Koga.

About Austin Iwama Aikido:

Austin Iwama Aikido, located at Aim & Focus Karate, was founded by Christopher S. Field in 2010.  The training at Austin Iwama Aikido follows Saito Shihan's traditional Aikido style and teaching methods.  Austin Iwama Aikido offers six classes per week and is a member of the Takemusu Aikido Association, which is recognized as a qualified Aikido organization by the Aikikai Foundation, the Hombu, in Tokyo, Japan.

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The event is Free and Open to the public.

Refreshment and sweets will be served.

Austin Iwama Aikidon dojo is located at 8516 Anderson Mill Rd #100, Austin, TX 78729

July 21st, 2015 7:30 PM   through   8:30 PM
8516 Anderson Mill Rd #100
Austin Iwama Aikido
Austin, 78729
United States
Phone: (512) 257-8552

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