"Aikido is not a fighting system. It is a way to condition the mind and body."
Valley Aikido is dedicated to the promotion and training of aikido, a Japanese budo first developed in the early part of the 20th century. Its founder was Morihei Ueshiba, a prominent jujitsu exponent. Since its development, aikido has undergone many progressions and adaptations.
Valley Aikido Chief Instructor Asim Hanif, is ranked 4th dan by the Aikikai Foundation, Japan. Hanif Sensei is a student of Clyde Takeguchi Shihan of Capital Aikikai (Washington, DC). Hanif Sensei is also the founder of Potomac Aikikai (Virginia, US).
Training at our dojo requires serious focus and mutual respect. During training conversation is kept to a minimum thereby allowing the body to do the work. We believe aikido is learned through the body, not the head.
Our aikido emphasizes 'soft power' by focusing on correct posture, stability, intent, and connection within ourselves and (by extension) our partners. Also important is the ability to have a relaxed body and mind, free of tension.
We are members of the Capital Aikido Federation.