Welcome to Mindfulness in Martial Arts and Meditation at St Louis Ki Aikido

The Spirit of Aikido Budo – Harmony

Aikido is a traditional, non-competitive, Japanese martial art meaning “the way of harmony with universal energy (ki, prana, chi).” Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido, meaning “mind-body-unified”

Aikido explores the state of mind-body union through graceful, dynamic self-defense movements. Instead of responding to conflict with muscular force, Ki Aikidoka use ki and respect the training partner’s energy.

By flowing with it and converting the attack into a roll or a pin, the practice results in a positive, invigorating experience for both participants. Ki Aikido is beneficial for everyone regardless of size, age, gender or physical ability.

It may be easiest to explain Ki Aikido as a form of personal development

Aikido practitioners observe their everyday lives are deeply enriched by the calmness and inner strength developed through the practice of Aikido.

Going beyond the advantage of learning to defend yourself, Ki Aikido helps you function more positively in your everyday world, to build confidence, raise your level of physical fitness, as well as safely handle conflicts and other difficult situations.

The more we practice, handling confrontations becomes second nature. By embodying the principles of Ki Aikido in daily life, we lessen the need for the physical combat skills of Aikido outside the dojo. The diligent, consistent study of Ki Aikido leads to a mindful, confident, and spirited way of life.

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CLICK HERE for COVID-19 policies for each class:

Sunday (10:00 – 11:30am) Aikido in the Park:

If you want directions to the location, or to get on our mailing list to receive last-minute weather announcements, please contact tomnishino@stlki.org. Curriculum includes hitori waza, stretching/rolling; 1 person weapons practice, meditative exercises, etc. (no physical contact; no kumi waza).

Mondays (7:00 – 8:00 pm) Dynamic Meditation:

On Zoom (please reply to rickblanke@stlki.org for link) and in-person at dojo.

Wednesdays (6:30 – 8:00pm) Limited Program Class:

Hitori waza, stretching/rolling; 1-person weapons practice, oneness rhythm taiso, meditative exercises (no-physical contact; no kumi waza).

Saturdays (10:00 – 11:30am) Full Curriculum Class:

A full ki-aikido curriculum, including full-contact ki-aikido, kumi waza, and weapons.

Saturday Afternoons (12:00 – 1:30pm)
New Students - 5 Week Intro Course Starts Soon!

Intro Session Dates: 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, & 10/16
By registering for the Intro Classes, you can also attend regularly scheduled classes with existing students during the course of the 5 weeks, without any additional fees. (for vaccinated students only): masks encouraged but optional (no one will be required to work with a partner not wearing a mask); a full ki-aikido curriculum, including full-contact ki-aikido and kumi waza. Contact rickblanke@stlki.org

ST LOUIS KI AIKIDO is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization. We seek to improve the ability of individuals to respond to stress and conflict positively and creatively, with powerful calmness and relaxation

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Kashiwaya Sensei, The Powerof Ki
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Samurai Secret, Always Being At Your Best
Ki Aikido, A Solution to Stress

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