About Black Sword Aikido
Black Sword Aikido is not just another fighting art. The world has more than enough
methods of destruction and does not need another. Black Sword Aikido
is a martial discipline for strengthening the body, mind and spirit and for
discovering one's true will and purpose in the scheme of
things. As such, it requires not only the practice of fighting techniques, but also
meditation, breath control and the study of oriental medicine and philosophy.
With the skills and knowledge
gained from training in Black Sword Aikido, one is expected to go out
into society, fulfill one's true will, and protect humanity.
Black Sword Aikido combines the focused awareness of weapons training with the
dynamic movements of Ueshiba Aikido and the subtle
angles and pressure point manipulation of Shaolin Chin Na.
Attacks are not blocked, but redirected, permitting the defender to evade and
move to a position from which the attacker can easily be controlled.
From this position, similar to the eye of the storm, the defender can
choose a technique morally justified by the situation.
Techniques which render the attacker helpless, but uninjured, are favored.
Black Sword Aikido techniques consist of joint locks, throws, pins, and
strikes to the body's vulnerable points. Techniques also include the use
of, and defense against, various weapons, including the sword, staff, and knife. In that Black Sword Aikido teaches many
pain/compliance techniques, the student must be willing to accept some
pain to learn the art. Because the emphasis is on the use of strategy,
position, and leverage not strength, Black Sword Aikido techniques can be effectively practiced
by men and woman of all ages.