"The secret of Aikido is to cultivate a spirit of loving protection for all things." Morihei Ueshiba
Aikido at the Center is a martial arts school with classes available for ages 3 through adult. Founded in 2004 by Stephan McLaughlin, Aikido at the Center is affiliated with the California Aikido Association.
Aikido can be translated as the way of peace and harmony. It is a powerful system of self-defense that has roots in traditional Japanese martial arts. Morihei Ueshiba founded Aikido in the mid-twentieth century. He emphasized defense without aggression and control without humiliation through blending circular motions designed to neutralize rather than destroy, making Aikido an art popular with police departments across the nation. The study of Aikido is a cooperative rather than a competitive process and provides the opportunity to participate in an active contact activity in a nonviolent manner. Developed in response to the aftermath of World War II, Aikido is more than a fighting art—Aikido is also a living art. Master Ueshiba, also called O Sensei or Great Teacher, said, “Aikido is not a technique to fight with or to defeat the enemy. It is a way to reconcile the world and make human beings one family."


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We are located at Memphis Jewish Community Center
6560 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN