Central Aikido is a student organization of the
University of Central Missouri
for the benefit of the student body. It was founded by Cliff Fuller
and Tom Burden in April 2009. Originally founded as a group for
practicing Aikido, it soon began to grow and change to fill the
needs of the members. Cliff, with 27 years in the USAF, served as
the general instructor while Tom, with 2 years in the Ki Society,
served as president. Classes were originally conducted on the stage
of the Lovinger gym, on mismatched mats pieced together. While the
conditions were far from ideal, training was steady. By October the club
had integrated into the Blue Springs Aikido Schools network to
become their second satellite dojo.
In 2011 we moved into the newly renovated Student Recreation and
Wellness Center. The move allowed for uninterrupted, more regular
classes and then the addition of new classes. Soon after the move we
acquired new mats giving us over 1,200 sq feet of padded practice space.
In 2012 all ties with Blue Springs Aikido were severed.
Today Central Aikido is a full dojo with multiple
classes offered throughout the week by talented and dedicated
instructors. The unique combination of Aikido backgrounds of our
instructors brings to the mat some of the wisdom and experience of
some of the best Aikidoka in the US, creating an experience not normally found in other dojo.
The mission of Central Aikido, its
instructors and officers, is to provide a traditional Aikido
training environment in a cohesive and effective manner.
Transmitting and perpetuating the philosophy, discipline and
techniques of Aikido as established by the Founder.
To improve the mental and physical
health of University of Central Missouri students and the
surrounding community by using Aikido as an engine to train and
enable members to maintain a healthy and balanced life while
promoting personal safety, responsibility and unity.
To help, as best we can, fulfill the
vision of O-Sensei, the United States
Aikido Federation and Hombu Dojo.
While Central Aikido has a straightforward, direct lineage as
a dojo, the full lineage is much more complex and is a
confluence of the teachings of uchi deshi and privileged students
of O-Sensei such as Yoshimitsu Yamada, Mitsunari Kanai, Akira
Tohei and Koichi Tohai and others. While we are a USAF dojo and
adhere to their standards, the broad lineage of the dojo allows
for a greater understanding of aikido.
The mind leads the body. The spirit leads the mind. You are
never more powerful than when all three are in harmony.
Techniques are only part of the equation.
Precession, Accuracy & Efficiency
Aikido techniques are best done, when you barely know you did
anything. Aikido is about blending, harmonizing, and using your
opponent's energy against them. It's not about muscle and force.
It's not about show. Techniques utilize the least amount of
energy for the maximum result.
Aikido is a martial art, and we treat it as such. If the martial
aspect is removed, it is little more than a new exercise fad.
Techniques are handled in a true martial form, but Aikido, Budo,
and self defense are more than a set of rote techniques. And our
teaching never forgets this fact.