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Aikido - Taiki dojo

Aikido is a Japanese martial art created by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial arts, philosophy and religion. His goal was to create martial arts to help people defend themselves while not hurting their opponent. This is achieved by entering the attacker's movement and the force of his attack is directed against himself.

The word "Aikido" consists of three kanji characters:

合 - ai- merging, uniting

気 - ki - spirit, energy, state, mood, spirit

道 - to - road

Aikido training, like any martial art training, includes physical and spiritual aspects. As throwing is often practiced in Aikido, the first thing to learn in the dojo is the falls. The ability to fall properly protects practitioners from injury. Attacks include punches and grips, and techniques include throws and keys.

Aikido training includes basic techniques, freestyle defense against one or more opponents, weapon techniques. In Aikido, "jo" is used - a stick, "bokken" - a wooden sword and "tanto" - a wooden knife. Many of the techniques in Aikido are based on strikes and sword and stick techniques, so the dojo teaches techniques with and without weapons in parallel.

Taiki dojo originally existed under the name Akuido Club Tokugawa. The club was established in February 1991, when it was part of the Bulgarian Aikido Association.

In 1997, the club became part of Europe Promotion Aikido (EPA) - an international organization that traditionally promotes Aikido, based in France. The EPA is led by Sheehan Alain Peirash.

Who are we?

The main instructor in the club is Desislava Petrova (III dan).

Desislava Petrova has been training aikido since 1987. From 1990 to 1994 she was a member of the Bulgarian Aikido Association and registered her own club - Tokugawa Aikido Club in 1991. From 1992 to 1994 she trained under Fumio Toyoda Shihan, participating in numerous aikido seminars. He received the Shodan Degree from Fumio Toyoda Sheehan at a seminar in Athens in 1992.

In 1994 the Tokugawa Aikido Club left the Bulgarian Aikido Association. At a seminar in Mez in 1994, Desislava met Alain Peirash Sheehan. Impressed by his knowledge and skills in aikido, as well as his determination to stay true to O Sensei's traditional aikido, she wanted to become his student. When this happened - in 1997, the club joined the organization of Alain Peirash Sheehan.

Alain Peirash Sheehan named the club Taiki Dojo in 2011.