Aikido was created by the founder Morihei Ueshiba (O'Sensei) as a way to resolve conflict with compassion. Aikido uses movements taught to us by nature combined with Japanese Samurai Secrets to take control of conflict at its inception and protect life at its resolution.
Aikido creates a peaceful warrior with a strong body, peaceful mind, and the skills to control, disarm and neutralize attackers. Aikido is a path that will influence and improve your daily life. The dojo will be your oasis to be present, to relax, to face challenges with a centered mind. To develop elegant posture and to learn correct action.
Shobu Aikido of Houston provides a direct link to the teaching and mission of the founder, Morihei Ueshiba, O'Sensei. At Shobu Aikido, Ana Arango Sensei promotes O'Sensei's vision as taught to her by Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, a direct disciple and former ushideshi (live in student) of O'Sensei. Ana Arango Sensei's sincere dedication to Aikido's mission has earned her the Ueshiba Juku. A designation awarded by Mitsugi Saotome Shihan to selected senior students and instructors in recognition of their loyalty and dedication to building the ASU and promoting O'Sensei's vision. It declares that they are not only true deshi (direct disciple) of Saotome Sensei and inheritors of his teachings, but are also part of O'Sensei's school and pure lineage as only true Uchideshi of O'Sensei can recognize.
It is Shobu Aikido's sincere mission to bring you the teachings of the founder, O'Sensei through practice, training, lectures, study and meditation.
Accordingly, the school observes the rules and etiquette as delineated by the founder, O'Sensei, Saotome Shihan and Arango Sensei.
The Dojo is designed exclusively for aikido practice and weapons training with your safety in mind. Both the school and the garden employ the elements of Feng Shui to create a traditional Aiki place of practice.
The garden and the school are designed in a traditional Japanese manner, with focus on the elements of Feng Shui.
Our school is affiliated with the ASU organization and our black belts are recognized and certified by Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.
The techniques of Aikido are not new. On the contrary, they are based on ancient samurai wisdom perfected on the battlefield. What distinguishes Aikido from other martial arts, however, is its unique philosophical component of compassion. Aikido's Founder Morihei Ueshiba, known as O' Sensei, dedicated his life to the study of Bujutsu and the practice of spiritual rituals to purify his mind. The combination of his intense physical and spiritual training ultimately gave birth to Aikido.
O' Sensei's dream as understood by Saotome Shihan was to create peace in the world by tempering human aggression and thereby teach people to be better human beings. Aikido's most important principle is the preservation of life:
".. to better people's lives, make their spirit blossom and become strong and by making better people a better world" The Principles of Aikido - Mitsugi Saotome Shihan,.
The strategy of Aikido is to enter (irimi) into the attack with body mind and spirit and unbalance the attacker with spiral movements. This is accomplished through the interaction of active (yang) and passive (ying) forces put into practice with precise offensive and defensive moves designed to neutralize the attack.
Inmediately at the inception of conflict Aikido gives the practitioner a choice: to destroy life or to save life. Without Martial Arts training you will be a victim without choices. Please do not underestimate Aikido's ability to be lethal. Though Aikido gives options to its practitioners, its emphasis is to stop the danger. To accomplish this task, one must develop control, confidence, courage and an ability to trust.
Central to Aikido's philosophy is the concept of Shobu. Shobu means wisdom. Wisdom comes from understanding, trusting, and seeing yourself clearly. Without this awareness you will never be able to control others for your own protection nor for the protection of those you love.
"AIKIDO HAS BUT ONE PRINCIPLE : THE UNIVERSAL REALITY OF LIFE. IN THEIR OWN NATURE AS LIVING HUMAN BEINGS ALL POSSESS THE BASIC SECRET OF AIKIDO. THE PURPOSE OF AIKIDO IS TO BETTER PEOPLE'S LIVES, TO MAKE THEIR SPIRIT BLOSSOM AND BECOME STRONG AND BY MAKING BETTER PEOPLE TO MAKE A BETTER WORLD."