Aikido Olympia has grown out of an Aikido tradition begun in 1971 at The Evergreen State College by Hirata Yoshihiko Sensei, a student of the founder of Aikido. Aikido Olympia has existed at our current location for over 6 years and is going strong.
Come and join us to see what the practice of Aikido is all about.
The Aikido Olympia dojo is affiliated with Aikido Yuishinkai. Aikido Yuishinkai was founded by Master Koretoshi Maruyama to promote universal values and principles of peace throughout the world. Students from all styles of aikido are welcome to train with us as we are non-partisan in our approach. Friendship with other dojos is encouraged in keeping with the harmonious spirit of Aikido. Aikido Yuishinkai is true ‘Aikido without boundaries’.
Maruyama Sensei is widely admired and respected as a teacher who has dedicated his life to communicating the benefits of ‘positive mind’ through Aikido training. He has inspired many thousands of people throughout the world over many years.
Maruyama Sensei says: “One of our goals is to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of the perfection of nature’s balance and to bring humanity back into harmony with the universe. By protecting nature, we protect society. By protecting society we protect ourselves. Self-defense is protecting and sustaining life. If nature is destroyed, the most fundamental requirement for our survival is destroyed. Only through peace and harmony and abiding respect for nature’s laws can we save our lives and the lives of our children, and of our children’s children.”
Like ripples generated by a pebble tossed into a pond, it is sincerely hoped that through dedicated and interactive aikido training, this shared vision of Aikido Yuishinkai members will spread like ripples throughout our relationships and the greater community. By the creative and peaceful resolution of the conflict in our daily lives, we strive to foster greater harmony within ourselves, with others, the environment, and the world.
The Aikido Olympia dojo is located at 506 Columbia Street SW in downtown Olympia. Visitors are welcome to observe classes at any time.