The Shuwakan Aikido Yoshinkan Dojo
Our non-profit 501(c)(3) organization - AikiConcepts - established the Shuwakan Aikido Yoshinkan Dojo over thirty years ago. We are the oldest school of Aikido in Indianapolis. Our school offers to the community a study well-suited for the 21st century: the defensive, non-competitive Japanese martial art of Aikido.
In Aikido students practice capturing and redirecting an attacker's energy to stop the attack, in a way that neutralizes but does not injure the attacker. It is accessible to most ages.
Our instructors include the highest-ranking American woman in our style of Aikido. All the instructors are 3rd degree black belt or higher. The two senior instructors each have been studying and teaching Aikido for more than 40 years. Both, also, have black belts in Seitei Jodo.
The Shuwakan Dojo has promoted more than 100 black belt students since 1987. As part of its mission to help protect the individual and enhance the community. Its teachers have always been volunteers without pay. The school has always operated without student contracts.
Three Japanese kangi characters combine to create the word Aikido:
“Ai” means to blend with
“Ki” refers to the life energy that animates and binds together all living creatures
“Do” is the path or the way
The path of Aikido is never ending, and fascinating, as we strive to see clearly and respond appropriately with goodwill.
We support each other in this endeavor. We recognize that each learner is traveling along a path of lifelong study. Competition has no place in our endeavor. “Aiki” concepts are cooperative practices in which all participants gain.