is the Path of Harmony
between Humankind and the Universe
Morihei Ueshiba (1883–1969)
Founder of Aikido
Aikido Geneva Takemusu Dojo is the ideal place for those seeking joy, harmony and balance in their lives. This Japanese art, which is rooted in an ancestral Shinto and Buddhist culture, enables us to reconnect with ourselves and with nature, working on both body and mind; the testimonials of our practitioners are a beautiful illustration of this.
It’s an opportunity to return to one’s roots. A warm welcome to all newcomers wishing to open the door to these wonderful discoveries!
How do we practice? What’s the benefit? Who can practice Aikido? How much does it cost?
Kumano: the source of Aikido
Aikido originates from the region of Kumano in Japan. Kumano is an old name for the South of the Kii Peninsula, which projects into the Pacific Ocean. It is the oldest sacred site in Japan and is known as “the country of the gods”. Its sacred origins are much more ancient than the origin of Japan. The “Kojiki”, also called “Records of Ancient Matters”, the oldest chronicle written in Japanese, tells us about the creation of the nation, about the journey of the first Japanese emperor and his troops from Kumano to Yamato, today called Nara, where he fought a battle for his country. The origin of the Japanese nation appeared from the depths of the Kumano Mountains.
The rough coast and the green mountains, overflowing with fresh water, have forged in people’s minds a deep sense of terror mixed with admiration and veneration for nature. Many natural objects like trees, rocks, and waterfalls, are known as being inhabited by the Kamis.
When Buddhism was introduced to Japan in the sixth century, this area became an important place of ascetic practices. Kumano was and is still to this day a pilgrim’s place. The number of pilgrims from every walk of life who followed the paths of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimages was so high that it was called “the procession of the ants to Kumano”.
Because the cultural heritage of this area is so rich, and especially because of the purification rituals still practiced, the three important shrines of Kumano (Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Nachi Taisha, and Kumano Hayatama Taisha) and the pilgrimage paths which link them together have been registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
O Sensei Morihei Ueshiba : a child of Kumano
Morihei Ueshiba was born in 1883 in the town of Tanabe, which is the beginning of the sacred area of Kumano. He was the Founder of Aikido, a martial art that uses the strength and the momentum of the opponent to execute many different kinds of immobilizations and projections. Aikido is not only a highly developed physical art, but it is also a philosophical and spiritual path.
Since his childhood, Morihei Ueshiba was deeply influenced by the rich spiritual background of Kumano. During his whole life, he regularly went back by train to his roots. He taught many times in Shingu, in the South of the Wakayama Prefecture. From there he frequently visited the great shrines of Kumano. Often we can hear that O Sensei mastered Aikido in Kumano. His grave is now near the Kozan-ji temple, in Tanabe. It is a place of meditation for many aikidoists from everywhere in the world.
Kishu Kumano Aikikai Funada Dojo : the breath of Kumano
At Funada Dojo, the spiritual teaching of O Sensei Morihei Ueshiba is still taught. The inauguration of the Dojo was in April 2015. The Dojo Cho (chief instructor) is Motomichi Anno Sensei, 8th dan Aikikai Tokyo. The Dojo has been created thanks to the generous help of Kiichi Hine Sensei. Every training is an opportunity to purify one’s heart and polish one’s soul. There is no pretension nor arrogance, but only shugyosha (people who practice the shugyo, deep study) who meet together to try to follow the way which was transmitted by O Sensei, with joy and humility. The fresh and harmonious air of the Kumano Mountains is blowing in the Dojo.
Geneva Takemusu Dojo: an extension of the Funada Dojo
At the Geneva Takemusu Dojo, the deep and rich teaching of Morihei Ueshiba Sensei is transmitted by Jean-Pierre Kunzi Sensei. For many years, the connection with the Dojo from Kumano has been strong and close.
Geneva Takemusu Dojo contributes to preserving the cultural and spiritual heritage of the Kumano area through an Aikido practice in a traditional form. It also allows interested people to experience this precious heritage of humanity directly.
The Geneva Takemusu Dojo is both deeply rooted in the Kumano area and wide open to the world. It has many close connections with other Dojos in Europe, the USA, and Japan.
Aikido Geneva Takemusu Dojo :
- contributes to the blossoming of its students
- promotes the development of harmony and peace in the world
- participates in the preservation of the Japanese and Kumano cultural and spiritual heritage
The testimonials and the gallery are beautiful examples of it.
Answers to the most frequent questions
What is Aikido?
It is a Japanese martial art that favors peace and non-violence. It allows to neutralize the opponent without hurting him, while strengthening the body and developing the mind and inner peace. A fascinating discipline that can change a life! Follow this link to learn more about Aikido.
What does Aikido look like?
Aikido is a practice that can seem like a round and beautiful dance, even though it is powerful and effective. Two videos of our practices illustrate this unique and paradoxical characteristic.
Who can practice Aikido?
Aikido is accessible to everyone, regardless of age or physical condition. There is truly a place for everyone. Check out our image gallery to see for yourself and join us!
What are the benefits of practice?
The practice of Aikido brings physical, mental and emotional well-being. It allows one to feel centered, calm and in harmony with nature. The mind becomes more peaceful and focused as you practice. Do not hesitate to explore the many testimonials of practitioners or to dig into what Aikido is!
Are there classes for children?
Yes, of course! All the information can be found here.
How much does it cost?
8 classes/week for adults at only 130CHF/month, and 70CHF/month for children. Discounted rates and additional information available here.
If you wish to support the Aikido Geneva Takemusu Dojo through a donation, you can use the following bank account:
Association AIKIDO TAKEMUSU KAI
Chemin de la Bride 4
IBAN: CH13 0900 0000 1540 4047 1