Doshinkan is the bridge between the modern martial art of Aikido and the original system from which it derives most of its technical foundation – Daito Ryu Aikijujitsu. Our study of Aikido is to attain and balance each of the dimensions of traditional martial art practice and have the lessons from this effort be applicable and enhance our daily lives.

By studying both conflict and conflict resolution we do not steer away from the inherent martial art paradox which is – “how does one use the arts and science of combat to become a more spiritual and compassionate being?”  Rather we embrace this paradox and within this struggle define for ourselves a truth that is shared with spiritual warriors of various cultures and ages.

The curriculum of Tenrokan dojo is based on three sections of training:

1)    Kihon-waza – basic and fundamental principals and techniques to establish a strong foundation and the context for their purpose.

2)    Goshin-waza – self defense techniques both as variations of traditional technique and modern applications.

3)    Aiki–waza – techniques for taking away a partner’s balance with the minimum effort. These are the master keys from which derive the basis for “soft but effective” technique and provide the original aiki arts with their formidable reputation.

The school’s triune symbol has no religious connotations but does represent the interplay and combining of energies – mind-body-spirit, past- present- future etc. The name of Tenrokan was bestowed upon our school by Doshinkan Aikido Shihan (master instructor)  Utada Kancho. It is the Japanese translation for Sirius and derives from the ancient belief that the Dog Star governs the destiny of man, and represents our inner potential and divinity. But more importantly it is a play on words for us to practice with a spirit of joy and not take ourselves too “seriously”…..

“Aikido cannot be exhausted by words written or spoken

Without dabbling in idle talk

Understand through practice”

–       Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido

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