"The bigger and stronger the opponent the harder they fall"
Yoshinkan & Aikikai Aikido in Vaughan, Ontario
Yoshinkan Aikido is the style that we teach at Millennium Martial Arts in Vaughan. This is the style of Aikido taught by Gozo Shioda, who was an outstanding student of Aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba. Gozo Shioda taught the spiritual and practical applications of Aikido to thousands of people in his lifetime. The principle of Aikido in Gozo Shioda's words:
"As you get older, your muscles weaken, and you can no longer lift or pull. Unlimited strength comes from breath power. If the other person comes powerfully against you, there is no need for any effort".
Aikido is not a system of combat, but rather a means of self improvement. Aikido has no tournaments, competitions, contests or "sparring". All Aikido techniques are learned cooperatively. The goal of Aikido is not to defeat others, but the defeat of the negative characteristics which inhibit one's own mind and its functioning.