Seidokan Aikido class

Welcome to Twin Cities Seidokan Aikido

  • Aikido Classes - Jewish Community Center, St. Louis Park, MN
    Mon.7:30-8:30PM    Wed.7:30-8:30PM
    For more information:

• call - 612-280-6814
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History of Aikido?

Aikido's founder, Morihei Ueshiba, was born in Japan on December 14, 1883. As a boy, he witnessed the political beating of his father. He decided that would never happen to him and set out to make himself strong. He devoted himself to hard physical conditioning and eventually to the practice of martial arts, receiving certificates of mastery in several styles of jujitsu, fencing, and spear fighting. In spite of his impressive physical and martial capabilities, however, he felt very dissatisfied.

Ueshiba began exploring religions in the hope of finding a deeper significance to life, all the while pursuing his studies of budo, or the martial arts. By combining his martial training with his religious and political ideologies, he created the modern martial art of Aikido. Ueshiba decided on the name "Aikido" in 1942. (previously known as "aikibudo" and "aikinomichi")

On the technical side, Aikido is rooted in several styles of jujitsu (from which modern judo is also derived), in particular daitoryu-(aiki)jujitsu, as well as sword and spear fighting arts. In simplist terms, Aikido combines the joint locks and throws of jujitsu with the body movements of sword and spear fighting. It also includes the innovations and techniques of Master Ueshiba.

Master Ueshiba was a devotee of Omotokyo, one of Japan's so-called "new religions"; part neo-shintoism and part socio-political idealism. Omotokyo seeks the unification of all humanity in a single "heavenly kingdom on earth."

Vivation Meditation

Happiness is a Skill.
As with all skills, "happiness" can be developed! The only thing absolutely necessary for happiness is your own existence. You only experience happiness to the degree that you allow yourself to receive, in the depth of your being, the beauty available in the present moment. This is a skill, and you can get better at it through the exploration of Vivation.

  • Use Vivation to:
    • Reduce Stress
    • Solve Personal Problems
    • Deal Effectively with Grief, Depression or Turmoil
    • Improve Breathing
    • Improve Relationships
    • Develop Spirituality
    • Feel Better - Fast
    • Break Bad Habits and Addictions
    • Generate Creative Breakthrough
    • Achieve Goals
    • Increase Self-esteem
    • Live Life to its Fullest


Vivation enhances your enjoyment of everything in life. Vivation brings you into the present moment, where pleasure actually exists. There is always pleasurable energy in your body as long as you are alive. Vivation enhances the flow of this energy and allows you to find pleasure everywhere it exists. Vivation shifts your awareness to the positive aspects of experience. It directly increases the flow of love energy in your body and raises self-esteem. With its guidance to solving problems, and increasing creativity and enthusiasm, Vivation enables you to live a far richer life.

The only way you will ever know which benefits of Vivation are most important for you personally is to try it!

For Information regarding Vivation classes, contact Vasili at 612.280.6814 or e-mail:


Vasili is currently a 2nd degree black-belt in Seidokan Aikido, with 13 years of experience. He has also practiced Karate for 10 years and studied Chi Gong, Yoga and Tai Chi.

Vasili approaches Aikido from both martial and spiritual perspectives. His technique is based on total effectiveness, while remaining calm and relaxed. He was a direct student of Roderick T. Kobayashi Sensei (Founder of Seidokan Aikido) and continues the practice and teaching of Kobayashi Sensei's philosophy and technique.

What Is Aikido?

Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba (often referred to by his title 'O Sensei' or 'Great Teacher'). On a purely physical level it is an art involving throws and joint locks derived from Jujitsu, and other techniques derived from Kenjutsu. Aikido focuses not on punching and kicking opponents, but on using their own energy to either gain control or move them away. It is not a static art, but places great emphasis on motion and the dynamics of movement. Practitioners discover many benefits from Aikido: self-defense technique, spiritual enlightenment, physical health, peace of mind.

O Sensei emphasized the moral and spiritual aspects of this art, placing great weight on the development of harmony and peace. "The Way of Harmony of the Spirit" is one way that "Aikido" may be translated into English. This is still true of Aikido today, although styles vary in their emphasis on the spiritual aspects.

While the idea of a martial discipline striving for peace and harmony may seem paradoxical, it is the most basic tenet of the art. We won't attempt to pigeonhole Aikido into a neat synopsis— that would not do it justice. We leave it to you, the practitioner of Aikido, to discover it for yourself without any preconceived notions.

Aikido instructors in the snow.



Vivation meditation circle