Come visit this hidden treasure in Inwood, on the northern tip of Manhattan. The tranquility of the space resembles more a zen temple than a martial arts dojo in purpose and effect. Everything we offer at Aikido Up Here shares essentially the same purpose – finding peace through Aikido philosophy.
Kojiki, one of the oldest texts of Japanese mythology, greatly influenced the founding of Aikido:
The door to inner sacredness opens and divine light shines through when the holy dance (Kaguramai) and prayer is offered, which brings joy and ease to our divine spirits and ancestors
Morihei Ueshiba, O’Sensei, founded Aikido on the fundamental belief that it is a vital contribution towards world peace for the individual to kokoro no sentaku (literally, “launder the self”) and kokoro no tatenaoshi (“restore the self”)*. According to his teachings, the first step toward world peace is discovering a core sense of ourselves so that we can truthfully serve the communities we live in.
Though it is perceived to have originated in martial arts, the discipline of Aikido was not created for the promotion of self-defense of any kind; therefore, our class does not treat Aikido as such, or glorify violence in any way. Instead the world peace prayer is the core of the discipline and is a blueprint for the Aikido movement – as Morihei Ueshiba envisioned.
Aikido helps to increase self-awareness, focus, personal responsibility, inner collaboration and strength so that we can remember how to stand with compassion, openness and humility.
Aikido is a way to express and practice cooperation. It is a celebration.
The experience is the lesson.
Aikido Up Here was built by Fuminori Onuma, Reiki & Karuna Reiki™ Master/Teacher, meditation & martial artist. He has been practicing healing, meditation and martial arts for over 20 years, in his native Japan and the United States.
This is an independent dojo, and is not affiliated with any organization.
You are invited to come and see this beautiful space and speak in person to learn more about our offerings. Please email AikidoUpHere@gmail.com or call 646- 483-8700 to schedule a visit. Zack, the General Manager, will welcome you at the entrance!
* Quote by Morihei Ueshiba. Taken from Takemusu Aiki by Hideo Takahashi (1986).