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I often discuss that cultivating your health is the first step to learn self-defense. The human body needs to learn how to fight against pathogens so one way of doing it is to strengthen the body. It is known to the medical profession that daily exercises help to reinforce the immunity.

合気道流転 (Aikiko ruten: Aikido flow)

At Ventura Aikido, we offer Aikido, Qigong and AikiShintaiso. It is important to note that some of those practices are rooted in different religions. We don't prescribe to any religion but spirituality is a common element to all religions. It can be developed and enhanced with the practice.

呼吸 (Kokyu: Breath)

Qigong and AikiShintaiso offer a personal development and they help physically to reconnect and smooth all the kinetic chains in the human body (one joint connects to all the joints). Breath and body is the first intrinsic chain that needs to be regulated.

体操 (Taiso: Exercise)

AikiShinTaiso focused on decreasing the tensions, the tightness and the blocks in the muscles and the joints. The ultimate goal is to realign and harmonize the human body. It will improve blood circulation, flexibility and cognitive brain


The information below is also available on Mr. Cognard, head of the Kobayashi-Ryu, website:

"Aikishintaiso is a discipline based on the traditional Japanese concepts of: harmony (Ai), energy (Ki), spirit (Shin), body movement (Taiso). It has its roots in martial arts, Zen, Yamabushi – the mountain ascetics of Japan, and Buddhist physiognomists' ancient tradition of body reading. Aikishintaiso helps us harmonize our minds, emotions, bodies and consciousness by releasing our internal energy flows: the flow of personal and collective memories; along with the flow of knowledge coming from ancestral consciousness and undifferentiated collective consciousness.

To reach this harmony, we work to free the mind from obstacles created by suffering whatever its nature, traumas, anxiety; and to free the body from its tensions whether they are unconscious or due to physical or psychological injuries.

What can not be thought, can not be expressed, however the body will mimic it, freezing it in a position that can be analyzed. This analysis is used to propose a training program that will help you shed tensions that are unnecessary to your psychomotor stability and action, and without harming your mental health. This is important, because when unconscious mim are no longer enough to express conscious or unconscious suffering, they will lead to pathology or to an accident.

Aikishintaiso is not a therapy. It is not used in the filed of pathology but it can be used to wage a battle to prevent pathology. Aikishintaiso is an internal martial art. The practitioner wages a battle against violence. A violence that could unintentionally be directed against others and that is often unconsciously directed against ourselves.

This path is open to all adults who want to embark on a journey to understand themselves better; to understand what hidden loyalties they are subservient to; to access their hidden self.

This path allows you to test and manage your thoughts, emotions and body.

The immediate benefits are: the feeling of "having energy"; an increased desire of initiative; and a better understanding of others. The long-term benefits are: good health; control of your destiny; harmony with others; increased physical and intellectual abilities; and the development of an ethical conscience." (Cognard Hanshi)

Exercises lead to lactic acid build-up and muscle soreness and exercises help to decrease lactic acid build-up and muscle soreness!!

The beginner might feel some muscle soreness after the exercises. We usually recommend to continue the practice while decreasing the effort a little to let the body recover for a week or so. In general, muscles need to adapt to any new form of activities. It is important to communicate with us and we will review the sequences together. Beginner and advance students still need to be careful when they are resuming a physical practice to avoid any injury. The intensity of any activity should increase in stages.

Health is our priority.

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