Home About NJ Aikikai Curriculum

In our program you have the opportunity to study:

  • Aikido - Japanese
  • Aiki-jujutsu - Japanese
  • Shorin-ryu Karate - Okinawan
  • Kobujutsu (weapons) - Okinawan
  • Kenjutsu - Iaijutsu - Iaido (Samurai sword arts) - Japanese

Aikido was developed between the 1920s and 1930s from Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu.

In addition to its techniques of self-defense, it is a way of life in harmony with nature. 

Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu is approximately 1200 years old with over 2,000 techniques, variations, and self-defense applications.

Shorin-ryu Karate is one of the original Karate styles founded in Okinawa, where Karate began.

Kobujutsu is the martial arts weaponry systems that originated on the island of Okinawa. 

Kenjutsu, Iaijutsu, and Iaido are the sword arts of Japan.

Our curriculum also addresses:

  • 20 weapons from beginner to Black Belt
  • mat restraining and immobilizing techniques
  • over 100 pressure points
  • club, knife, and gun weapons defenses
  • Ukemi waza - (break falling)
  • meditation
  • learning to use Ki (Chi) - projection and utilization
  • learning to throw sai, ax, knives, shuriken, shaken, spikes, nails
  • development of strong and varied stances
  • Misogi breathing
  • Martial Arts history and culture
  • Japanese terminology/vocabulary
  • philosophy
  • The study and analysis of the books: "Ki In Daily Life", "Bushido", "Go Rin No Sho" (A "Book of Five Rings"), "The Art of War", and "Metaphysical Self-Defense".