Established in 2002, at Aikido by the Bay we practice traditional Aikido as taught at the Aikido Founder’s (Morihei Ueshiba, O’Sensei) dojo in Iwama, Japan. We follow the full taijutsu (empty-handed) and bukiwaza (weapons) curriculum; we practice with the bokken (wooden sword) and jo (wooden staff).
The dojo was founded by Brasse Sensei when he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from Melbourne Australia in April of 2002. Since opening the school, six of the original students have achieved dan level rankings and are registered black belts with the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Japan. Brasse Sensei returns regularly to the Iwama dojo in Japan to continue his training; some of his students have also accompanied him on this journey.
Aikido By the Bay now share a beautiful location with Gold Medal Martial Arts in Belmont, California. Brasse Sensei and Master Herb Perez (Gold Medalist in Taekwondo at the 1992 Olympic Games) share the same passion in teaching the Martial Arts to adults and kids alike.
Aikido by the Bay is a member dojo with the Takemusu Aikido Association.
What is Aikido
Aikido (合気道) also referred to as The Art of Peace, is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba, known as O Sensei (Great Master) by Aikido practitioners. O Sensei’s goal was to create an effective Martial Art that promotes peace and turn people in better human beings. Aikido techniques are very efficient, they are effective and applied in self defense without inflicting injury to an attacker.
Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of an attacker and redirecting their force rather than opposing them head-on. Aikido technique requires very little physical strength because attacker’s momentum is used against themselves, usually in a circular type motion. This makes Aikido an effective martial for people of smaller stature; it can be practiced by women & men with equal effectiveness. It is also a great form of self-defense for children. The techniques are completed with various throws and joint locks.
In Aikido, as in all Japanese martial arts there are both physical and mental aspects of training. The physical training in Aikido is diverse; covering both general physical fitness and conditioning as well as specific techniques. Because substantial portion of any Aikido curriculum consists of throws, the first skill most students learn is how to fall safely. Techniques utilized in attacks include strikes and grabs; the techniques for defense consist of throws and pins. After basic techniques are learned, students study freestyle defense against multiple opponents, and techniques with weapons.
At Aikido By the Bay students are taught the full Iwama Aikido weapons curriculum as it was developed by O Sensei and Morihiro Saito Sensei at the Founder’s dojo in Iwama. Students practice with the Boken (wooden sword), and with the Jo (wooden staff).