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Okazaki City Guide


Aikido is a modern martial art started in the early 1930's by Ueshiba Morihei, otherwise referred to as O-Sensei by Aikidoists around the world. Its focus is purely defensive, with the main emphasis being on the redirection and control of attacks by using throws and joint locks. The Kodokan Dojo was founded in the late 1940's by a deshi (student) of O-Sensei.There are usually no charges for visiting foreigners, though longer term residents would probably need to. It's located in Iga-cho near Iga Hachimangu shrine about 15 minutes by bike north of the castle. The exact address is 438 Iga-cho, but it would be easier to obtain a map of Okazaki that includes the well-known shrine. Just after you pass the first of the gates to the shrine, which will be located on your left as you go north on Route 39, turn left down a tiny side street as you round the corner you will see a large white Aikido sign at a building at the end of the street.
Class times are the following:
Monday/Wednesday 7:00pm - 9:30pm Saturday 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Or Train By Yourself On Thursdays and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. the Okazaki City Gym Budojo is open to any one who wishes to train by themselves. Both a hard wood floor, suitable for Karate/Kendo and a padded floor for Judo/Aikido are available. The price is a mere 200 yen for the four hours. Heat is available for 100 yen per half hour and hot showers are available for 100 yen.

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