The Harmonious Way

Translated as “the way of harmonious spirit,” Aikido is a modern Japanese Martial Art (gendai budō) developed by Morihei Ueshiba – O Sensei.

A synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy and religious beliefs, Ueshiba created a martial art that allows for self defense without serious injury to an attacker.

Joining with the energy of an attack and redirecting it rather than meeting force with force, aikido training emphasizes body throws, joint-locking techniques, physical fitness, mental focus, controlled relaxation and development of ki (spirit).

Kern River Aikikai

Bakersfield Budo hosts USAF member, Kern River Aikikai.

Under the instruction of Jason Parsons Sensei, the Kern River Aikikai hopes to enhance the presence of Aikido in the greater Bakersfield area.

United States Aikido Federation

The USAF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to spreading and maintaining the Japanese martial art of Aikido as created and exemplified by it's founder, Morihei Ueshiba.

Yoshimitsu Yamada, Shihan, Chief Instructor of New York Aikikai, leads the USAF with a profound understanding of Aikido and its history.
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Class Times

Monday, Wednesday
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday

7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Aiki is not a technique to fight with or defeat an enemy. It is the way to reconcile the world and make human beings one family.
—Morihei Ueshiba, “O–Sensei”

Development and Practice

Although aikido is a relatively recent innovation within the world of martial arts, it is heir to a rich cultural and philosophical background.

Before creating aikido, Morihei Ueshiba trained extensively in several varieties of jujutsu, as well as sword and spear fighting. Ueshiba also immersed himself in religious studies and developed an ideology devoted to universal socio-political harmony; many aspects of aikido where developed with these ideas in mind.

Developed as means of self-cultivation and improvement rather than as a system of combat, aikido has no tournaments, competitions, contests, or sparring. Instead, all aikido techniques are learned cooperatively at a pace proportionate with the abilities of each student.

According to the founder, the goal of aikido is not the defeat of others, but the defeat of the negative characteristics which inhabit one’s own mind and inhibit its functioning; thus creating an art that provides for self-defense while also protecting an attacker from injury.

The potential of aikido as a means of self-defense should not be ignored. One reason for the prohibition of competition in aikido is that many aikido techniques would have to be excluded because of their potential to cause serious injury. By training cooperatively, even potentially lethal techniques can be practiced without substantial risk.

It must be emphasized that there are no shortcuts to proficiency in aikido (or in anything else, for that matter). Consequently, attaining proficiency in aikido is simply a matter of sustained and dedicated training. No one becomes an expert in just a few months or years.