Western Maryland Aikikai (www.wmaiki.org) has been providing traditional instruction in the Japanese martial art of Aikido to the central and western Maryland area for over twenty five years. We are a non-profit (501c3) educational organization: there are no contracts for students, and the instructors volunteer their time.
Aikido, which can be translated as “the way of harmony,” is a martial art based on the ancient budo (martial ways) of Japan. The movements of Aikido redirect the energy of an opponent’s attack to nullify it. When performed by a master, this redirection not only defeats an opponent, but does so without causing any harm. While graceful to observe, and primarily defensive in nature, Aikido is a very effective self-defense system used by various law enforcement agencies and military units.
Western Maryland Aikikai provides instruction to adults and young adults (ages 13 and up) with an emphasis not only on physical training, but also with the progression of the student as a human being – on and off of the mat. Students are reminded that the discipline and harmony taught on the mat can be applied just as successfully in their every day lives. Training in Aikido at Western Maryland Aikikai can provide Washington County residents with physical conditioning, practical self defense expertise, stress relief, and tools to help cope with the tribulations of everyday life.