Knoxville Aikido Dojo

Styles Taught: Aikido

Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba who practitioners affectionately call O’Sensei, or “Great Teacher”. Aikido differs from most martial arts by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. It is often known by its falls, throws (similar to judo), joint locks (similar to jujustu), sword work (similar to iaido and kendo), circular motions and fluid movements – graceful, dance like qualities (like tai chi). Aikido is taught to civilians and police departments around the world due to its underlying principles:

  • In a self-defense situation the response it offers is morally and ethically sound
  • Technique is the focus not speed or strength
  • Techniques are taught assuming multiple aggressors

About the School

Knoxville Aikido Dojo was founded in 1986 by Sensei Tom Moore making it one of Knoxville’s oldest martial arts schools. Moore Sensei studied with Gaku Homma of Denver Aikido Nippon Kan, who received his training under Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido.

We choose to remain an independent dojo in the spirit of our Knoxville founder’s wishes. The dojo teaches traditional Aikido, and students are free to visit other martial arts schools and to attend seminars to learn more about other styles.

Knoxville Aikido Dojo is a non-profit organization. All the money collected for classes goes right back into the dojo to pay bills per our charter. None of the instructors are paid for their time teaching as it is part of our mandate to further ourselves and those around us.

Students choose to learn as much or as little as they wish about the physical, cultural and spiritual roots of Aikido. Some students choose to learn only the physical technique and others want to learn more about its background and philosophy. All are encouraged to do what they feel comfortable with.

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