Shobu Aikido of Houston is affiliated with Aikido Schools of Ueshiba, founded by Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, a principal student of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido.

 

SHOBU means wisdom. Aikido is the study of wisdom and wisdom comes from understanding , trusting, controlling and seeing yourself clearly, without this knowdledge you will never be able to control others for your own protection or for the protection of those whom you love. We aim high at Shobu Aikido: We wish to follow the true way of the warrior. To serve and protect society.

"Aikido has but ONE principle : The universal reality of life. In their own nature as living human beings all possess the basic secret of Aikido. The purpose of Aikido is to better people's lives, to make their spirit blossom and become strong and by making better people to make a better world"

Shihan Mitsugi Saotome Shihan

"The Principles of Aikido"

Precepts for Practice to be Understood and Deeply Considered

 

1. The original purpose of budo was to send a man to death

     with a single blow. For this reason you must obey your

     teacher implicitly in practice and never engage in

     competition.

2. The original budo is a study by which the individual

     connects to the whole. Therefore, you must practice with

     complete awareness of all that surrounds you. You should

     maintain this awareness along with a healthy degree of

     tension at all times.

3. You should always practice in the spirit of joy.

4. Your teacher can only give you an outline, a hint here

     and there to guide you. Only through constant practice

     will you master the practical use of this mystery. Learn

     to understand with your body. Do not engage in a futile

     effort to learn a great number of techniques but rather

     study the techniques one by one and make each one your

     own.

5. One should begin daily practice with proper warm-up

     exercises. This will strengthen the body and prevent

     undue stress on it. The first ten minutes of practice should

     be less rigorous than practice that follows. There is no

     reason for injury, even to older people. Remember that

     your practice should be joyful. You must gain an

     understanding of the real purpose of your training.

6. The original budo is training in the spirit of harmony. Its

     purpose is to produce real human beings who will

     improve the world. The techniques are secret teachings

     and show the secret principle of budo. They should not be 

     disclosed to the public indiscriminately, especially not to

     those who might misuse this understanding.

Moriehi Ueshiva O' Sensei Budo 1938