Center Point Aikido is a traditional Aikido Dojo located at Shore Kickboxing, 2970 Yorktowne Blvd, Brick Township, NJ.
In an increasingly violent society, learning an effective martial art is an appealing and empowering alternative.
There’s a quiet confidence that comes from learning how to be effectively violent and destructive, and yet choosing to be peaceful.
One way to level-up is to study martial arts.
This makes you, in a word, dangerous, it increases your confidence, and gives you the option to choose to be peaceful instead of forcing it upon you.
And by definition—you will literally become a better person as a result.
Aikido is a powerful, highly effective, Japanese martial art suitable for everyone, regardless of gender, age, or experience.
Aikido does not focus on punching or kicking opponents, and does not rely on physical size or strength. Its techniques enable practitioners to subdue opponents much stronger than themselves without the necessity of inflicting injury. This is virtually impossible in other martial arts.
Based on natural motions of the body, Aikido training develops a calm mind, relaxed body, flexibility, strength without aggression and a vibrant integration of body, mind and spirit.
We experience many kinds of stresses in daily life and not all attacks are physical. Aikido’s technique, philosophy, and emphasis on harmonizing, can easily be applied to the conflicts each of us face in our daily lives.
At Center Point Aikido we teach traditional Aikido as handed down by the Founder of Aikido, affectionately known as O Sensei (Great Teacher). We hold to his inspired vision-emphasizing Aikido’s philosophy and ethics while at the same time teaching Aikido’s full range of capabilities from gentle persuasion to full street effectiveness.
What makes the school different? It comes down to the style of teaching employed. The traditional arts taught in an atmosphere of cooperation with a focus on self defense, which results in a foundation that is not very common.
Feel free to stop by and watch a class, or better yet, join us on the mat and learn the beauty and power of this unique martial art.
What is Aikido?
Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Ueshiba’s goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury. Aikido is often translated as “the way of unifying (with) life energy” or as “the way of harmonious spirit”.
Aikido’s techniques include: irimi (entering), and tenkan (turning) movements (that redirect the opponent’s attack momentum), various types of throws and joint locks.
Aikido derives mainly from the martial art of Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu, but began to diverge from it in the late 1920s, partly due to Ueshiba’s involvement with the Ōmoto-kyō religion. Ueshiba’s early students’ documents bear the term aiki-jūjutsu.
Ueshiba’s senior students have different approaches to aikido, depending partly on when they studied with him. Today, aikido is found all over the world in a number of styles, with broad ranges of interpretation and emphasis. However, they all share techniques formulated by Ueshiba and most have concern for the well-being of the attacker.