About the CAF
About Aikido
CAF Member Dojos
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The Capital Aikido Federation is an independent association of aikido dojo. Our home dojo is Capital Aikikai, just outside of Washington, DC. Our technical director and founder is Clyde Takeguchi Shihan. CAF ranks are recognized by Aikikai Hombu Dojo and the International Aikido Federation.
Jul
29-31
Takeguchi Shihan at Shizentai Dojo, Lauria, Italy
Takeguchi Shihan will instruct at Shizentai Dojo, in Lauria, Italy (Basilicata region, in southern Italy). Please contact the dojo for details or view one of these PDF flyers: ENG | ITA web link
Aug
19-21
CAF Gasshuku
Capital Aikikai will host the annual CAF Gasshuku, featuring senior CAF instructors. Click for a downloadable PDF flyer or the online registration form. web link
Sep
9-11
Guroff Sensei in Lima, Peru
Guroff Sensei will instruct at the Niji Dojo of Centro Aikikai Del Peru, in Lima, Peru. Please visit their website for details. web link
Sep
14-18
Funakoshi Shihan at Aikido of Harvard
Aikido of Harvard is pleased to host Mitsuo Funakoshi Shihan, chief instructor for Yamagata Prefecture and All-Japan Aikikai Director, for this year''s Harvard Summer Camp. Watch for details at the Aikido of Harvard website. web link
Oct
7-9
Aikido on the Beach with Spruell Sensei
Western Maryland Aikikai will once again host Spruell Sensei of Peachtree Aikikai, Atlanta, at their annual "Aikido on the Beach" seminar. Please visit the dojo web site for details. web link
Nov
4-6
Sugawara Shihan at Capital Aikikai
Capital Aikikai & Capital Katori will once again Tenshin Katori Shinto Ryu kyoshi and aikido 7th dan Tetsutaka Sugawara Shihan. Details forthcoming at the CA website. web link
About the Capital Aikido Federation
The Capital Aikido Federation was formed in April 2009, with Capital Aikikai as it's founding member dojo. Our shihan is Clyde Takeguchi Sensei, 7th dan and founder of Capital Aikikai. Takeguchi shihan began aikido practice in 1956 in his native Hawaii, on the island of Hawaii.

Our member dojo compose a diverse group, from across the United States:

• Aikido of Annapolis (Gambrills, MD)
• Aikido of Franklin Park (Sewickley, PA)
• Aikido of Harvard (Harvard, IL)
• Aikido of McHenry (McHenry, IL)
• Aikido of Winchester (Winchester, VA)
• Aikido University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
• Allegheny Aikikai (Altoona, PA)
• Arundel Aikikai (Severna Park, MD)
• Capital Aikido Lincoln (Lincoln, NE)
• Capital Aikikai (Silver Spring, MD)
• Capital Aikikai of Syracuse (Cicero, NY)
• Eagle Rock Aikido (Ammon, ID)
• Eastern Shore Aikido (Cambrige, MD)
• George Washington University Aikido (Washington, DC)
• Green Bay Aikikai (Green Bay, WI)
• Jackson Hole Aikikai (Jackson, WY)
• Kokyu Kan (Valrico, FL)
• Mushin Aikido Dojo (Batavia, IL)
• New Life Ryu Aikido (Capitol Heights, MD)
• NRL Aikido Club (Washington, DC)
• Potomac Aikikai (Dulles, VA)
• Quad Cities Aikido (Moline, IL)
• Rochester Aikido Club (Brighton, NY)
• Rockford Aikikai (Rockford, IL)
• Scottsdale Aikikai (Scottsdale, AZ)
• Western Maryland Aikikai (Hagerstown, MD)

CAF ranks are recognized by Aikikai Hombu dojo and the International Aikido Federation.

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The Nature and History of Aikido

The Japanese word Aikido is written with three characters which translate as "the way of spiritual harmony." Aikido is a budo or "martial way," evolved in the tradition of Japanese warrior arts, yet has a unique approach to self defense. Aikido is more than a martial science of strategy and tactics, it is a discipline for training the mind and spirit.

Aikido was developed by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), known to Aikido students as O Sensei (Great Teacher). As a young man, he overcame debilitating childhood illnesses through martial arts practice, eventually becoming a master of the sword, the staff, the spear, and the art of ju-jitsu. O Sensei also held strong Shinto religious convictions concerning the ultimate futility of conflict and the illusory character of victory based on strength. This internal contradiction, which drove O Sensei to adopt a life of austerity and rigorous training, was resolved through an enlightenment experience which led to the development of Aikido, a martial art influenced by a philosophy of universal harmony.

Dynamics of Aikido
All Aikido techniques and movements are based on the idea of harmony. Aikido emphasizes blending with an attacker by moving in such a way as to neutralize the force of the attack itself and thus neutralize the attacker. This is done by using spherical movements which allow the Aikido student to deflect the attacker's energy while simultaneously entering close to the attacker; "to blend with the attack," and so neutralize it. practice clip

Properly executed, some techniques are spectacular, sending the opponent flying through the air. Others are more subtle: small deft movements that immobilize the aggressor. Both results are achieved not through the use of brute strength, but by blending and neutralizing the attack, followed by circular and flowing techniques to unsettle the opponent, and completing the movement with a throw or immobilization. Because great strength is not required, Aikido can be practiced by men and women of all ages.

Aikido Practice
Aikido training has also been shaped by its philosophy of harmony. There are no competitions or tournaments in Aikido. Rank is awarded through a testing procedure which emphasizes self-discipline, rather than the mastery of others. Daily practice focuses on the development of technical skills and awareness through the constant repetition of techniques in a controlled environment in order to master the fundamentals of moving, timing, and breathing.

Most practice is done with a partner: each working at his or her own level of ability, alternating as uke (the attacker) and nage (the one who is attacked). Both roles are stressed; each contributes skills that enhance overall sensitivity and control.

Wooden practice weapons — a sword (bokken), staff (jo) and knife (tanto) — are sometimes used in aikido training, not to understand how to use the weapon, but to better understand the techniques and movements of aikido itself.

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(photo of Morihei Ueshiba courtesy of North Bay Aikido)

Students train to neutralize the energy of the opponent's attack and to redirect and focus it into techniques of martial efficiency and power. At the same time, the student can use the same philosophy to deal with stress and conflict in daily life, and learn to remain calm under all conditions.

Centering
The final aim of Aikido is to integrate physical and mental training to develop a confident person who can think clearly and react instantly on and off the mat. It is only through constant training that an Aikidoist can acquire the habits of mind which make this integration possible.

In Aikido, such an integrated person is said to be "centered." A centered person displays a confident and relaxed posture, and centering gives Aikido movements their appearance of grace and simple elegance. Thus, Aikido training helps a student to become calm and centered and enables the student to deal with stress and aggression in an efficient and decisive manner on the mat, at home, at school, or at work.

Vuong's Taekwondo Center,
1117 Route 3 North,
Gambrills, MD
410-721-4400
Chuck Howard, 1st kyu
Blueberry Hill Park Activities Center,
1604 Blaine's Way,
Sewickley, PA
412-364-4115
Yoram Vodovotz, 5th dan
39 North Ayer, Harvard, IL
815-790-4175
Terry Leonard, 5th dan
Key's Martial Arts Academy,
2807 Barney Ct.,
McHenry, IL
815-575-0927
Jack Smith, 4th dan
Aikido of Winchester
131 S. Cameron St.,
Market Street United Methodist Church,
Winchester, VA
540-635-7630
Ida Wong, 4th dan
Univ of Minnesota Recreation & Wellness Center,
123 SE Harvard St.,
Minneapolis, MN
Patrick Riley, 4th dan
514 East Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA
David Hurtubise, 4th dan
Severna Park Community Center,
623 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard,
Severna Park, MD
Christian Noll, 1st dan
2540 West O Street, Lincoln, NE
402-486-4010
Jaime Obrecht, 4th dan
923 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring, MD
240-242-5179
Bill Plank, 6th dan
(Burdick Auto Mall),
5885 East Circle Dr,
Cicero, NY
315-559-5061
Bob Poresky, 5th dan
2873 E 14 N, Ammon, ID
208-406-2047
Brandon Cole, 1st dan
Cambrige, MD
410-521-4239
Robert Haynes, 5th dan
George Washington University Aikido
Washington, DC
Jack Susman, 4th dan
2740 Packerland Drive, Unit A, Green Bay, WI
920-664-5800
Carol Crawford, James Opoien, 1st dan
290 N. Millward St., Jackson, WY
307-200-4388
Bill Plank, 6th dan
Kokyu Kan
Campo Family YMCA,
3414 Culbreath Road,
Valrico, FL
813-685-9263
Agustin Rodriguez, 5th dan
Mushin Aikido Dojo
108 First Street, Batavia, IL
630-269-6818
Joe Neu, 2nd dan
810 Rollins Avenue, Capitol Heights, MD
301-758-5190
Alphonso Pearsall, 3rd dan
NRL Aikido Club
Naval Research Lab Rec. Club, Washington, DC
Fred Rachford, 4th dan
21580 Atlantic Blvd, suite 131, Dulles, VA
571-781-2454
Asim Hanif, 4th dan
1529 16th St., Moline, IL
563-529-3216
Joseph Gadzik, 1st dan
2240 Monroe Avenue, Brighton, NY
585-576-0286
Vic Williams, 4th dan
71 Spring Brook Rd., Rockford, IL
815-988-9885
Justin Ramza, 3rd dan
9419 East San Salvador Drive, #103,
Scottsdale Condo Business Center,
Scottsdale, AZ
Asim Hanif, 4th dan
105 A North Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD
240-520-0405
Russell Reese, 3rd dan

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Capital Aikido Federation   923 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring, MD • 240-242-5179
Clyde Takeguchi, founder and director • William Plank, head instructor
The Capital Aikido Federation is directly affiliated with Hombu Dojo and the Aikikai Foundation.
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2016 CAF GASSHUKU SEMINAR

Our sixth annual summer camp will be held on the weekend of August 19-21, at Capital Aikikai, in Silver Spring, MD. Please come join us for a weekend of practice and fellowship.

NOTE: The special room rate at the Courtyard Marriott ends Thursday, August 1, 2016. Please be sure to book before then if you plan to stay there.

Downloadable PDF Flyer (updated 7/18)
Online Registration


Tentative schedule:
Friday
12:00 p.m.   Registration
1:00 p.m.   Class
2:15 p.m.   Class
3:30 p.m.   Class
6:30 p.m.   Dinner @ Bibim (next to dojo)
 
Saturday
9:00 a.m.   Class
10:15 a.m.   Class
11:30 a.m.   Class
12:30 p.m.   Lunch
2:00 p.m.   Class (weapons)
3:30 p.m.   Class
7:00 p.m.   Seminar Dinner
 
Sunday
10:00 a.m.   Class
11:15 p.m.   Class
12:30 p.m.   Class