Aikido's graceful, circular techniques are designed to neutralize aggression without attacking, to control opposing forces by blending rather than opposing. Aikido students study the power of harmony by learning that softness and calmness are not weaknesses; in fact such qualities, along with assertiveness, are the most effective responses one can make to violence and aggression.
The primary goal of Aikido is personal character growth. Aikido's physical techniques will very rarely be used outside of the dojo, but the underlying principles are frequently applicable during daily life's many encounters. By applying Aikido's principles to your daily life, all relationships - individuals, genders, races, economic classes, nations, religions, and between mankind and the environment - will be greatly improved. Daily application of Aiki principles will enhance all relationships, productivity, health, balance and coordination as you become more calm, focused, optimistic, and happier.
Although Aikido's physical movements often look more like ballet than a martial art, it is second to none as an effective form of self-defense and control. Aikido Yoshinkai is used in the training of law enforcement agencies world wide. It has been required training for the elite Tokyo Riot Police and all female officers since 1964. It is the basis for On Guard Self-Defense and Control Tactics Training System which has been officially adopted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for their Officer Safety, Narcotics Investigation, and Anti-Terrorist Training Programs. Self-Defense seminars are offered every Spring and Fall, with all proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders. Aikido classes are held in Phoenix, Oregon, every Monday & Wednesday.
John Fox Sensei, the Director and Chief Instructor of the Aikan Dojo, is an Aikido Yoshinkai 5th degree black belt and an On Guard Advanced Instructor with 31 years teaching experience in cities around the U.S.A. and in Canada. He has been a guest instructor in , Bosnia-Herzegovina, Vietnam, and Thailand. He has experience in Tai Kwon Do and Shotokan Karate (3 years) and Judo (3.5 years), Arnis/Ju Jutsu (14 years), and was a Sgt. in the U S Army, Infantry in Vietnam (5/68 - 6/69). In Detroit, Michigan, Fox Sensei was the Director & Chief Instructor of the Aikan Aikido Dojo in a low income, high crime, housing project, three days a week, for almost 8 years (6/86 - 6/94). There, he taught Aikido to youth & adults on a not for profit basis. During that time he also conducted many Non-Violent Resolution of Conflict seminars for S.O.S.A.D. (Save Our Sons & Daughters) in Detroit. Fox Sensei teaches all youth & adult classes.