SEIKIDO - SELF DEFENSE PHILOSOPHY
The Seikido self defense techniques are based mainly upon the Japanese art of Aikido, which was founded by Morihei Ueshiba ("O-Sensei"). Ueshiba was a master of older Judo, Jujutsu, and Aikijutsu before he developed Aikido. Therefore the most sound principles of these foundation arts are contained in Aikido. Many techniques are designed to immobilize and disarm attackers who are armed with weapons such as a knife, sword, club, or staff, as well as releases and take downs from holds and grappling attacks.
Aikido (the way of harmony), was derived from Japanese "Bujutsu" (warrior arts), especially Aiki-Jujutsu. Aikido aims to achieve harmony - with the offender, other persons, the environment, the universe, and yourself. The "Budo" (martial way) of Aikido is defined as "the spirit of loving protection for all beings". Qualities most respected include benevolence, politeness, justice, honor, and loyalty.
Everyone has the right to defend themselves; however, the Seikido practitioner must be guided by ethical motives, with the intention to defend himself without hurting others. The student must respect the natural integrity of the opponent's anatomy. With practice, effective self defense becomes possible without the necessity of inflicting serious injury upon an aggressor. True victory is only achieved if no one loses. The Seikido practitioner must be responsible for his own safety, those he is protecting, and for not inflicting unnecessary damage upon the aggressor.
THE ETHICS OF DEFENSE
There are basically four levels of ethical behavior in combat:
The practitioner must constantly be guided by a deep respect for the dojo, for all the people in it, and for the purpose of the practice. Good manners, politeness, courteous behavior, and maintenance of formal etiquette are part of a student's training, and essential to developing a respectful attitude to the art. The student should memorize the student rules, and always obey them.
Instructors should monitor the students' commitment to self improvement, and insist on constant self control. The goal is self confidence, to be able to achieve peaceful resolution of conflict wherever possible.
STUDENTS : CODE OF CONDUCT
WEAPONS OR EQUIPMENT:
All teaching aids must be treated with respect, whether they are real weapons such as a sword or club, simulated weapons such as wooden dowels or plastic knives, targets, shields, sparring equipment, or mats. When giving any weapon to another student, hold it palm up with both hands or the other hand supporting the wrist from below, and bow slightly. Always keep weapons by your right side when on the mat, and never step over any weapon which is lying on the floor.
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