About City Aiki
City Aiki is a community of martial artists dedicated to the study of Aikido. We offer martial training to men, women and children. Our Aikido program is affiliated with the Aikido Association of America and we recieve our rank from Hombo Dojo Aikido World Headquarters in Japan. We are a non profit 501 corporation in the state of Rhode Island and a sponsored project of the Aikido International Foundation. The AIF provides City Aiki its tax exempt status and has been instrumental in helping us raise funds for our Youth Instructor program. Our Youth Instructor Program offers an apprenticeship experience to at risk youth in the city of Providence. Professional development to create certified Aikido Instructors is the program’s goal. This will ensure transmission of our art to a younger generation and empower these young teachers to return to their community’s and share their passion and experience.
We also host Tatsuo Toyoda Sensei Aikido Association of America’s Chief Instructor several times a year to teach seminars. This is to keep our Aikido up to the highest standards and quality.
We invite instructors from other arts as well to teach workshops to broaden our view and perspective of martial training. Thus far we had the opportunity to receive instruction in Hapkido, Tai Chi, Kung Fu and Kali.City Aiki adheres to the traditional aspects of martial training which requires strong emphasis on form and etiquette leading to a true understanding of the martial way.
Aikido is a modern martial art developed from a foundation of Samurai arts in Japan. Techniques are applied by extending the attacker’s incoming force to a point where he/she has lost balance. From here, the practitioner applies either a throw or a pin. The techniques are based on body mechanics, and Aikido techniques can be applied without being destructive to the body. This enables people of all shapes, sizes, and physical abilities to be effective martial artists.
We offer your choice of either a Day or an Evening membership. Dues for adult/youth students is $100/month; dues for children is $60/month. If you would like to try Aikido it is a $10.00 per hour mat fee.
Saturday Mornings: 10am-11am
Tuesday and Thursday Evenings: 7pm-8pm
Saturday Mornings: 11am-12pm
Tuesday and Thursday Evenings: 8pm-9pm
Saturday Afternoons: 12pm-1pm
Breakwortk, Ki and Connection class is a new Internal Training class being offered at City Aiki.
Our weekly class focuses on developing control of our breathing through a series of exercises that concentrate on the development of diaphragmatic breath patterns. By learning to breath slowly inhaling through the nose bringing air deep into the belly we begin to experience a relaxed present state of being. This alert relaxed state is the foundation of pure martial training. Having a sense of being rooted in our lower abdomen fosters calmness and leads to being less impulsive or reactionary. Again a very important trait for a martial artist.
With ongoing practice of breath control we begin to have the option of choosing when to be assertive and clear about our boundaries and emotional states.This class is a precursor to both internal training such as Zazen and the demanding physical of aspects of Aikido training. Each week we explore: Kokyu (breathing methods), Ki (mind / body coordination exercises), and Ai (connection).
Zazen is a meditative discipline practitioners perform to calm the body and the mind, to be able to concentrate enough to experience insight into the nature of existence and thereby gain enlightenment.
Zazen is considered the heart of Zen Buddhist practice. The aim of zazen is just sitting, that is, suspending all judgmental thinking and letting words, ideas, images and thoughts pass by without getting involved in them.
“Zen is to transcend life and death (all dualism), to truly realize that the entire universe is the “True Human Body,” through the discipline of “mind and body in oneness.” Miyamoto Niten (Musashi) called it Iwo no mi* (body of a huge boulder—going through life rolling and turning like a huge boulder); Yagyu Sekishusai named it Marobashi no michi* (a bridge round like a ball—being in accord with the myriad changes of life). Besides this actual realization, there is nothing else.
Zen without the accompanying physical experience is nothing but empty discussion. Martial ways without truly realizing the “Mind” is nothing but beastly behavior. We agree to undertake all of this as the essence of our training.
All our students, strive diligently! Gentlemen of the Rinzai Honzan (Main Temple) in Japan, open your eyes to this and together let us send it out to the world.”
- Archbishop Omori Sogen Rotaishi,
1 October 1979