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The Capital Aikido Federation is an independent association of aikido dojo. Our home dojo is Capital Aikikai, just outside of Washington, DC. Our technical director and founder is Clyde Takeguchi Shihan. CAF ranks are recognized by Aikikai Hombu Dojo and the International Aikido Federation.
About the Capital Aikido Federation
The Capital Aikido Federation was formed in April 2009, with Capital Aikikai as it's founding member dojo. Our shihan is Clyde Takeguchi Sensei, 7th dan and founder of Capital Aikikai. Takeguchi shihan began aikido practice in 1956 in his native Hawaii, on the island of Hawaii.

Our member dojo compose a diverse group, from across the United States:

• Aikido of Franklin Park (Sewickley, PA)
• Aikido of Harvard (Harvard, IL)
• Aikido of McHenry (McHenry, IL)
• Aikido of Rochester NY (Rochester, NY)
• Aikido University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
• Allegheny Aikikai (Altoona, PA)
• Arundel Aikikai (Severna Park, MD)
• Capital Aikido Lincoln (Lincoln, NE)
• Capital Aikikai (Silver Spring, MD)
• Capital Aikikai of Syracuse (Syracuse, NY)
• Eagle Rock Aikido (Ammon, ID)
• Eastern Shore Aikido (Cambrige, MD)
• George Washington University Aikido (Washington, DC)
• Green Bay Aikikai (Green Bay, WI)
• Jackson Hole Aikikai (Jackson, WY)
• Kokyu Kan (Valrico, FL)
• Mushin Aikido Dojo (Batavia, IL)
• New Life Ryu Aikido (Capitol Heights, MD)
• NRL Aikido Club (Washington, DC)
• Potomac Aikikai (Dulles, VA)
• Quad Cities Aikido (Moline, IL)
• Rockford Aikikai (Rockford, IL)
• Valley Aikido (Glendale, AZ)
• Western Maryland Aikikai (Hagerstown, MD)

CAF ranks are recognized by Aikikai Hombu dojo and the International Aikido Federation.

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The Nature and History of Aikido

The Japanese word Aikido is written with three characters which translate as "the way of spiritual harmony." Aikido is a budo or "martial way," evolved in the tradition of Japanese warrior arts, yet has a unique approach to self defense. Aikido is more than a martial science of strategy and tactics, it is a discipline for training the mind and spirit.

Aikido was developed by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), known to Aikido students as O Sensei (Great Teacher). As a young man, he overcame debilitating childhood illnesses through martial arts practice, eventually becoming a master of the sword, the staff, the spear, and the art of ju-jitsu. O Sensei also held strong Shinto religious convictions concerning the ultimate futility of conflict and the illusory character of victory based on strength. This internal contradiction, which drove O Sensei to adopt a life of austerity and rigorous training, was resolved through an enlightenment experience which led to the development of Aikido, a martial art influenced by a philosophy of universal harmony.

Dynamics of Aikido
All Aikido techniques and movements are based on the idea of harmony. Aikido emphasizes blending with an attacker by moving in such a way as to neutralize the force of the attack itself and thus neutralize the attacker. This is done by using spherical movements which allow the Aikido student to deflect the attacker's energy while simultaneously entering close to the attacker; "to blend with the attack," and so neutralize it. practice clip

Properly executed, some techniques are spectacular, sending the opponent flying through the air. Others are more subtle: small deft movements that immobilize the aggressor. Both results are achieved not through the use of brute strength, but by blending and neutralizing the attack, followed by circular and flowing techniques to unsettle the opponent, and completing the movement with a throw or immobilization. Because great strength is not required, Aikido can be practiced by men and women of all ages.

Aikido Practice
Aikido training has also been shaped by its philosophy of harmony. There are no competitions or tournaments in Aikido. Rank is awarded through a testing procedure which emphasizes self-discipline, rather than the mastery of others. Daily practice focuses on the development of technical skills and awareness through the constant repetition of techniques in a controlled environment in order to master the fundamentals of moving, timing, and breathing.

Most practice is done with a partner: each working at his or her own level of ability, alternating as uke (the attacker) and nage (the one who is attacked). Both roles are stressed; each contributes skills that enhance overall sensitivity and control.

Wooden practice weapons — a sword (bokken), staff (jo) and knife (tanto) — are sometimes used in aikido training, not to understand how to use the weapon, but to better understand the techniques and movements of aikido itself.

(photo of Morihei Ueshiba courtesy of North Bay Aikido)

Students train to neutralize the energy of the opponent's attack and to redirect and focus it into techniques of martial efficiency and power. At the same time, the student can use the same philosophy to deal with stress and conflict in daily life, and learn to remain calm under all conditions.

The final aim of Aikido is to integrate physical and mental training to develop a confident person who can think clearly and react instantly on and off the mat. It is only through constant training that an Aikidoist can acquire the habits of mind which make this integration possible.

In Aikido, such an integrated person is said to be "centered." A centered person displays a confident and relaxed posture, and centering gives Aikido movements their appearance of grace and simple elegance. Thus, Aikido training helps a student to become calm and centered and enables the student to deal with stress and aggression in an efficient and decisive manner on the mat, at home, at school, or at work.

Blueberry Hill Park Activities Center,
1604 Blaine's Way,
Sewickley, PA
Yoram Vodovotz, 5th dan
39 North Ayer, Harvard, IL
Terry Leonard, 6th dan
Key's Martial Arts Academy,
2807 Barney Ct.,
McHenry, IL
Jack Smith, 5th dan
3300 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY
Vic Williams, 5th dan
Univ of Minnesota Recreation & Wellness Center,
123 SE Harvard St.,
Minneapolis, MN
Patrick Riley, 4th dan
514 East Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA
David Hurtubise, 5th dan
Severna Park Community Center,
623 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard,
Severna Park, MD
Christian Noll, 1st dan
2540 West O Street, Lincoln, NE
Jaime Obrecht, 5th dan
923 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring, MD
Bill Plank, 6th dan
118 Seeley Road, Syracuse, NY
Bob Poresky, 6th dan
2873 E 14 N, Ammon, ID
Brandon Cole, 1st dan
Cambrige, MD
Robert Haynes, 5th dan
George Washington University Aikido
Washington, DC
Jack Susman, 4th dan
Western Racquet & Fitness Club,
2500 S. Ashland Ave.,
Green Bay, WI
Carol Crawford, 1st dan
290 N. Millward St., Jackson, WY
Bill Plank, 6th dan
Kokyu Kan
Campo Family YMCA,
3414 Culbreath Road,
Valrico, FL
Agustin Rodriguez, 6th dan
Mushin Aikido Dojo
108 First Street, Batavia, IL
Joe Neu, 2nd dan
810 Rollins Avenue, Capitol Heights, MD
Alphonso Pearsall, 4th dan
NRL Aikido Club
Naval Research Lab Rec. Club, Washington, DC
Fred Rachford, 5th dan
21580 Atlantic Blvd, suite 131, Dulles, VA
Asim Hanif, 5th dan
1529 16th St., Moline, IL
Joseph Gadzik, 1st dan
71 Spring Brook Rd., Rockford, IL
Justin Ramza, 3rd dan
18432 N. 66th Lane, Glendale, AZ
Asim Hanif, 5th dan
105 A North Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD
Russell Reese, 4th dan

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Capital Aikido Federation   923 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring, MD • 240-242-5179
Clyde Takeguchi, founder and director • William Plank, head instructor
The Capital Aikido Federation is directly affiliated with Hombu Dojo and the Aikikai Foundation.
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Please note that the 2020 CAF Summer camp has been cancelled due to the risk of COVID-19 transmission. We hope you will join us for the 2021 Summer Camp, which, like this year, is planned to be held at the Westwind Center for Aikido and Katori Shinto Ryu in Maple Park, IL.