Aikido | Martial Arts | Union CityAikido self defense classes near me 

Tri City Aikido offers some of the best Aikido Martial Art classes in the city of Union City Ca. Our Aikido self defense classes are based in Japanese tradition.  All classes are instructed with traditional Japanese terminology and techniques that are the original teachings from Japan.  The Tri City Aikido dojo maintains a strong tie to the Kumano Jyuku dojo in Japan.  This is the oldest Aikido dojo in Japan.  This is a place where Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido visited and taught when he was still alive many decades ago.  We are fortunate enough to receive original teachings from Tasaka Shihan, 7th degree black belt on an annual basis.  Anthony Campagna, Godan 5th degree black belt is the chief instructor at Tri City Aikido.  The best martial arts can sometimes be determined on how long a martial arts school has been in business. Tri City Aikido is in its 24th year of being the premier teaching school of Aikido in the area making Tri City Aikido is one of the most established martial arts schools or dojo’s in the Tri City area.  We are centrally located, so if you live in the Tri City area, pay us a visit and see what we are all about.

Self Defense Classes | Union City 

Our Aikido self defense classes are open to men, women and children ages 4 and up. Since Aikido is based on nonresistance, you will be educated on how to utilize the forces directed at you and either control the attacker or redirect them to the ground.  In other words, we will teach you how "Not" to fight.  If you are struggling, you are fighting.  That's not what we do.  Instead, we use control techniques.  The very same control techniques that are very popular in law enforcement because when you need to restrain a bad guy, you need something that works.  There is a variety of practices in our Aikido training: Empty hand controls, joint locks, throws and take downs. All the techniques are derived from the weapon training we practice. That would include Japanese sword, Bo staff and tanto (knife).

Aikido | Sport martial arts | Union City 

Someone recently asked “What’s the difference between Aikido and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?” The first thing that comes to mind is that Aikido is a martial art and BJJ is a sport martial art. Other sport martial arts that come to mind are Judo, wrestling, Tae Kwon do and karate. If you don’t know the difference, it’s simple. All sport martial arts point towards competition and are regulated with rules and referees.

In Aikido, the mindset is not to hurt others for sport, a prize, glory or fame. In the martial art of Aikido, there are no rules or referees because there is no competition. Your training partners are your respected peers, not your enemies. Maybe it’s best to bring up a weapons training perspective into the conversation to make a quick point. Some sport martial arts, like BJJ have no weapons training whatsoever so it may be difficult to understand this point if you are a martial arts competitor. With that being said, I would like to share a little of Aikido’s philosophy during the course of our practice.

Aikido Sword principle | Kenjitsu | Union City 

A prime principle in the art of Aikido is “Shin ken”. The raw definition is “Live blade”. In Aikido weapons training/practice, the essence of a real blade is imagined and taken into practice. As in real life, one cut is enough to kill, so the seriousness exercised in Aikido martial arts training is much different to that of a sport martial art. Since we do not wear protective gear, it is imperative to adapt this mindset in order to develop properly and stay true to the traditional training. The thought of getting a second chance if cut should never be taken for granted. In Aikido weapons training, it’s never a game. In our Aikido martial art classes, when we train without weapons, (empty handed) the feeling and serious mindset of “Shin ken” is still present in our minds and body.

Aikido Philosophy | Union City 

A very positive benefit from this type of training is the creation of mutual respect for our training partners. Our training environment is friendly, supportive and again, without competition. When people come to train, they all have different goals in mind. One way of creating a positive environment is to eliminate the idea of defeating your opponent. That is never the goal. There is another philosophy that was continually shared by Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. In Japanese you would say, Masa Katsu A Gatsu Gatsu Hayabi. It translates into “True Victory is Self Victory on Victory Day”. The philosophy of Aikido is strong and resonates throughout the world with all of its practitioners, we call “Aikidoka”.
We invite you to experience the art of Aikido.