About Jyushinkan Dojo

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Aikido of Northern Utah

Founded in 1993 by Dr. Ronald Sims, 6th degree black belt (rokudan), the Jyushinkan Aikido Dojo sponsors weekly classes for adults, youth, and children. Jyushinkan is certified by the Aikido Association of America (AAA) and carries on the tradition of its founder Fumio Toyoda Shihan, as instructed by Tatsuo Toyoda, AAA President and Chief Instructor, and James Nakayama Shihandai, Shibucho (leader) of the AAA’s Western Region. 

The Japanese martial art of Aikido is a peaceful discipline of self-defense and personal development. Accordingly, aikido focuses on harmonizing with your opponent to bring peaceful resolutions to situations involving conflict. Training includes stretching, instruction in safe rolling and falling, joint-lock and throwing techniques, wooden sword and staff techniques, as well as breathing and meditation exercises.

Aikido practice can be vigorous and emphasizes long-term development of both mind and body. It is suitable for men, women and children of all ages, as the techniques do not rely solely on strength, but rather develop one’s ability to use an attacker’s balance and energy to create a defense. Families are welcome to train together!