"Aikido is not a fighting system. It is a way to condition the mind and body."
Valley Aikido was established in 2016 to provide education and training in the physical and philosophical aspects of aikido. Aikido is a form of aiki jujitsu founded by Morihei Ueshiba around 1940. It derived from the older aiki jujitsu art of Daito ryu.
Aikido is not a traditional martial art but rather a modern budo which literally translates to “martial way or path”. The implication being that the primary goal of practice is to develop the person. For this reason, aikido should not be compared to competitive martial arts such as karate or jujitsu. In short, aikido can be defined as an expression of your physical and spiritual state.
Valley Aikido Chief Instructor Asim Hanif, is ranked 4th dan by the Aikikai Foundation, Japan. Prior to aikido, he was a professional fighter and studied various other martial arts. 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 Valley Aikido requires serious focus and mutual respect. Newer students learn from more senior students and we are always mindful that everyone learns at their own pace. We believe aikido is learned through the body, not the head. To that end we keep conversation to a minimum thereby allowing the body to do the work.
Our aikido emphasizes efficient and practical movement. By focusing on correct posture, stability, intent, and connection within ourselves we gradually develop a strong practice. Aikido is not an art that can be learned in a few years. Aikido is a never ending study.
We are members of the Capital Aikido Federation.