Aikido of Salt Lake was founded by Philippe Wyffels (4th dan) and Gerry Carpenter (2nd dan) in January 2017. We are affiliated with the Maruyama Institute of Aikido of São Paulo, Brazil, under the leadership of Roberto Nobuhiko Maruyama Sensei (7th dan).
We welcome everyone at our dojo. Training is safe for people of all ages and athletic abilities. However, children under age 14 should train with a parent. Observers are welcome anytime. Because we are dedicated to expanding the art of Aikido, training is free for beginners. There is no obligation or contract.
About the Way of Peace
Aikido is a martial art founded by Morihei Ueshiba in Japan the 1930s. It has its origins in Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu, and is related to Judo and Japanese Jujutsu. It consists primarily of empty-handed throwing and joint-locking techniques, but includes training with the short staff (jo) and sword (bokken) as well as knife and gun takeaways. Many of the movements of Aikido derive from Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu).
We do not have competitions or sparring matches. We train with partners and focus on learning to harmonize with our opponents. We learn to direct our energy (ki) through the application of physics and mental and physical discipline. Breathing and footwork are very important in Aikido, so it can be a very difficult martial art to learn.
Many people also appreciate the spiritual and self-developmental aspects of Aikido. Sometimes referred to as the Way of Peace, it teaches us to learn to harmonize with ourselves, other people, and ultimately the Universe. Many people enjoy Aikido as both a martial exercise and a means to personal growth and self-fulfillment.
New to Aikido?
Training Aikido is different than training in many other martial arts. We do not have competitions. We almost always practice with a training partner, which allows you to learn to feel the connection between you and your opponent. Learn more