Aikido is a traditional Japanese Martial art, which was derived from the ancient art of Daito ryu Aiki-jujutsu and the study of traditional Japanese weapons. The students of Aikido train to control an aggressor by redirecting his or her power through circular and linear movements. The system also utilizes the application of locks, pressure points, chokes and throws.
Aikido is a non-competitive system of study. Renshinkai and Yoshinkai Aikido are commonly referred to as “hard styles”, with Yoshinkai Aikido being practiced by the Tokyo Riot Police Force in Japan. They are both considered to be the most combative of Aikido styles.
Nick Kilislian Sensei – Rokudan (6th Dan)
Nick Kilislian Sensei began his Aikido training in 1990 and was a graduate of the Yoshinkan Senshusei course (Instructors program, Tokyo Riot Police Course) Tokyo, Japan 1993-95. He has studied under all the top teachers of Yoshinkan Aikido, from 9th to 6th dans. He first began with T.Kimeda 9th dan, and has studied directly under R.Mustard 7th dan. After the change of position at the Honbu (world headquarters) in Japan, Nick Kilislian Sensei chose to follow under T.Chida Former World Head of the Yoshinkan Honbu and is now in direct affiliation and grading system of the Renshinkai group.
Aikido Renshinkai is based on the philosophy and techniques that have been passed down from Gozo Shioda Sensei. Shioda Sensei was a famous martial artist who founded his own style of aikido.
One of Shioda Sensei’s top students was Tsutomu Chida Sensei. He was a Japanese style apprentice (uchi deshi) to Shioda Sensei for 33 years, the longest of any of Shioda Sensei’s students. In 2008, after retiring as the chief instructor of the Yoshinkan Aikido headquarters, Chida Sensei went on to form Aikido Renshinkai.”
“Like most styles of aikido, Renshinkai is firmly rooted in the philosophy of non-aggression. In Aikido Renshinkai however, following the example left by Gozo Shioda Sensei, there is usually more focus on learning through personal experience and training than through philosophical discourse. Yet in order for non aikido practitioners to understand, Chida Sensei has explained:
A smaller and weaker person should be able to use aikido effectively even when confronted by a larger and more powerful attacker. The point is to train to find one’s strongest and most centred position, while learning to be sensitive to the weakness of the attacker.
Through training in the kihon dosa, Renshinkai’s basic movements, we learn how to be strong and centred without excess tension or energy, eventually, being able to keep centred while moving freely and doing techniques.
By training in the kihon waza, Renshinkai’s basic techniques, we learn how to find our partners’ weak points so that instead of struggling against their force we can use the power of their attack to control them. When force against force is experienced, the challenge is to learn how to change one’s power and approach so that as one progresses in aikido there is less and less power required.”
“Aikido Renshinkai is a registered not-for-profit organization with the mandate to spread the techniques and teachings of Gozo Shioda Sensei.”