A Traditional Japanese Martial Arts School for Adults & Children in Colorado Springs, CO
Welcome to AIKIDO Koshin Shuri. We are a traditional Japanese martial arts school for adults and children conveniently located in central Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Our instructor, 4th degree black belt, Sensei Ryan Goettsche (pronounced "Getch") has been practicing the non-violent martial art of Aikido since 1994 and has generously taught children and adults for many years.
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New students are always welcome. No previous Aikido or other martial arts experience is needed.
Goettsche Sensei recently tested and promoted several of his adult and child students at his new Aikido school location at 4345 Beverly Street Unit F, Colorado Springs, CO 80918 near the corner of North Academy Boulevard and Austin Bluffs Parkway..
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What does our martial arts school emphasize philosophically?
Aikido is "a martial art for the world" as the Founder, Morihei Ueshiba once stated. This means that everyone should be able to train and learn both the philosophy and martial application of his art. We strive to uphold our understanding of what the Founder presented and gave to the world.
Aikido means "the way of peace through KI" (pronounced 'kee'). KI, or CHI in Chinese, is the energy or life force which sustains living beings. The continual development and practice of focusing this energy is what makes Aikido...Aikido.
Safety for all practitioners is paramount to training because if you're injured you can't train; if you can't train you can't progress; and if you can't progress then you will stop training altogether. The focus of learning how to fall properly goes hand-in-hand with learning how to perform techniques and Aikido is a very "hands on" martial art.
How is Aikido a non-violent, non-competitive martial art?
The art of Aikido is about self-perfection through the practice of techniques with partners and learning about the philosophy which the founder embodied his art with. One of those philosophical tenants is that "there is no room for competition on the mat." Thus no competitions are ever held in Aikido. Competition is unhealthy and is central to concepts that are damaging to one's spiritual growth.
To be non-violent and non-competitive means that Aikido is about bettering yourself through the study of what the Founder taught. Not striving to better than others, but being a better person than you were yesterday is what Aikido is all about. Self-defense is a bi-product of this our powerful philosophy, but not to dismiss the importance of self-defense...embodying this concept also makes the self-defense even stronger.
The Founder of Aikido
1883 - 1969
Some of Goettsche Sensei's Colorado Springs Aikido Students.
This is one of the many poems or ‘doka’ by O’Sensei, which his son Kisshomaru Ueshiba chose to include in his book The Spirit of Aikido. Aikido is partly about relaxing, extending ki, keeping the “one point” and cultivating the “weight underside” concept. All of these principles are exemplified in this poem. Ki cannot flow unless the body is relaxed. The relaxed body, flowing with ki is free of stress allowing dedicated focus on everything at hand during any given moment of time. The relaxed body which is extending ki allows for focus on allowing all movements to originate from the hara (anatomical center). The relaxed body, extending ki, moving from the hara can then be rooted to the earth.
If training is solely focused on what is before the eyes; the body, the attack, the thought of what technique to perform and how it should be executed, then the principles will grow but not be as powerful as when the principles are in motion and accepting of all energy from all directions. The mind must be mindful to the rear, to the front, to the left and to the right. It must be in the hara, in the arms, beyond the arms into the group, beyond the group to the walls of the dojo and beyond the walls of the dojo to the mountains and the plains. The power of ki will always be in direct relation to how far it is sent in every direction.
Ki training must be done while... (CLICK HERE to read the rest of this article and to see others)
"Even though surrounded
by several enemies set to attack,
Fight with the thought
That they are but one."
- Morihei Ueshiba
Some pictures from our April 2014 Black Belt Testing Event.