Aikido is a martial art founded by Morihei Ueshiba that emphasizes harmonizing with an attacker. Aikido is practiced by young and old, holds no competitions, and can be incorporated into your daily life. Morihei Ueshiba had clear views on how aikido should be practiced; on other subjects O-Sensei was more subtle and there is a strong tradition of aikido philosophy.
The OGI Aikido Club was affiliated with the Aikido Association of America founded by Shihan Fumio Toyoda. Fred Phillips, a fifth degree black belt, taught each Wednesday. Sean Caffee moved the dojo to a new location following the demise of the OGI club.
The OGI Aikido Club met Monday and Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 pm in the OGI cafeteria. Beginning class was from 5:30-6:30 and the advanced class ran from 6:30-7:30. Dues were $10/month ($20/month for those not affiliated with OGI). New students could begin at any time, and Fred Phillips has answered a few questions from the OGI community.
We started each class with a short warm up followed by various exercises to teach mind-body coordination. This was then typically followed by empty-hand techniques, or techniques and forms with jo, tanto, and bokken.
We usually had a special introductory price for OGI/OHSU faculty, staff, and students. We offered two months of aikido with the an aikido gi for only $40. The price of an aikido gi is nearly $40 and so this was a way to get a couple of months practice at a very reasonable rate.