The spirit of training at AOSB embraces aikido as a path of spiritual, physical, intellectual, and social growth that fosters internal peace, confidence, and self-awareness in practitioners of all ages. There are no competitions in aikido. Progress is measured individually, not in relation to others or victory over others. A student's greatest obstacle to success is oneself.
The obstacles encountered along the path are only overcome with shugyo—passionate, intense, dedicated training. More than any physical technique or style of aikido, it is the spirit of shugyo that defines the practice and culture at AOSB.
However, shugyo is not synonymous with austerity. The practice at AOSB also embraces this directive from aikido's founder: "Always practice the Art of Peace in a vibrant and joyful manner." While laughter is accepted and even sometimes expected during class, so too is a consistent dedication to the art, the dojo, and the path.
To find out about our office-, school-, and home-based programs, please visit the Mind Body Arts, Inc., website.