Aiki Budo of Denver

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Welcome

Aiki Budo of Denver offers Aikido, Kenjutsu, and Iaido training in Denver, Colorado.

Aikido Shimbokukai Logo Aiki Budo of Denver is a member of the Aikido Shimbokukai, an Officially Recognized Organization by the Aikido World Headquarters (Hombu Dojo) and the Aikikai Foundation in Tokyo, Japan.

Enrollment is ongoing for new students with or without prior martial arts experience.

Contact

  Wash Park Martial Arts
1073 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80209
  aikibudoofdenver@gmail.com
  (720) 232-7605

Aikido

Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed in the 1920’s by Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei, which evolved from the older forms of Jujutsu. It is a discipline that focuses on development of the body and the mind, and trains one to move in harmony with oneself and others. Literally, Aikido translates as “the way of the spirit of harmony”. Aikido, in addition to being an effective form of self-defense is also a means of personal development and conflict resolution. It’s the hope that all students endeavor to become well-rounded students, embracing the training both on and off the mat.

Kenjutsu

Kenjutsu is a classical Japanese martial art of swordmanship. Kenjutsu practice usually consists of partnered training using wooden swords (bokken). It may also include training against multiple attackers, and training with other weapons, such as short staff (jo) and wooden knives (tanto). Katsujin Kenjutsu is a style of close quarters Japanese swordmanship developed by Bruce Heckathorn Sensei.

Iaido

Iaido is a modern Japanese martial art that emphasizes being aware and capable of quickly drawing the sword and responding to a sudden attack. Iaido practitioners use a blunt metal sword (iaito) in solo practice.

Instructors

Bruce Heckathorn Sensei, Chief Instructor

Bruce Heckathorn

Bruce Heckathorn began his study of Iwama-Ryu Aikido in the mid 1990s. He is the creator of the sword discipline of Katsujin Kenjutsu. Presently, Bruce is a student of both Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan and Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, and holds the rank of Yondan (4th degree black belt).

Bruce's 30 years of martial arts training began in the 1980s while serving in the United States Air Force as a member of the 2nd Combat Comm Group of the Tactical Air Command. He is also a small arms expert.


Vimesh Patel, Assistant Instructor

Vimesh started participating in martial arts at the age of 15. He studied Isshinryu Karate, Goju-ryu Karate, Kenpo Karate, combat Judo, sport Judo, and Ninjitsu, before discovering Iaido and Aikido. He holds a Green belt rank in Isshinryu Karate, a Yellow belt rank in Judo, a Shodan rank (first degree black belt) in Kenpo Karate, a Green belt rank in Ninjitsu, and a Nidan (second degree black belt) rank in Aikido. He also has about 5 years of experience in Iaido.


Eric Laverdiere, Assistant Instructor

Eric started Aikido under Albright Sensei 2011 and holds the rank of Shodan (first degree black belt). He also has about 2 years of experience in Iaido, and experience in both Karate and Kendo.

Class Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Principles of Aikido
6:30-7:45 pm
Principles of Aikido
6:30-7:45 pm
Aikido for Kids
6:30-7:30 pm
Kenjutsu
7:45-8:30 am
Iaido
7:45-8:30 pm

Upcoming Events


Upcoming events will be posted here soon.

Terminology

In our training we use the circular techniques of Aikido. This is a Japanese art, and therefore we use the Japanese language in our practice. Although this may be confusing to beginners, it is the best way to deal with the terminology as there are not always convenient or appropriate English translations. The use of foreign language also adds to tradition and is a respectful gesture to those countries from which the martial arts originated.

Here are a few examples to help clarify terminology to new students. This list is not necessarily meant for use as a pronunciation guide, but as a guick introduction to the language of Japan. Note: use of a macron (ˆ) over a vowel indicates an elongated vowel, pronounced for twice as long as an ordinary vowel.

EnglishJapanese
training halldôjô
instructorsensei
bowrei
degreedan
gradekyû
black beltyûdansha
1st degree black beltshodan
2nd degree black beltnidan
shoutkiai
open-closed (stance)gyaku-hanmi
open-open (stance)ai-hanmi
empty handkarate
uniformgi
move behindura
move in frontomote
breathkokyû
breathekokyû-shiro
face the front, bowshomen-ni, rei
face the instructor, bowsensei-ni, rei
to all assembled, bowotagai-ni, rei
high (above shoulders)jôdan
middle (torso)chûdan
low (below waist) gedan
frontmae
sideyoko
backushiro
punchtsuki
block (receive)uke
starthajime
stopyame
inwarduchi
outwardsoto
oneichi
twoni
threesan
fourshi or yon
fivego
sixroku
sevenshichi or nana
eighthachi
ninekyû
ten
handte
one of a pairkata
one handkatate
grabtori
one hand grab (same side)katate-tori
shoulderkata
shoulder grabkata-tori
cross (reverse) one hand grabkatate-tori
rear one hand grabushiro katate-tori
with both handsmorote
grab with both handsmorote-tori