Aikido School Of Lexington (at Georgetown)

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Welcome to the Aikido School of Lexington!

NOTE: Classes held in Georgetown (see Requirements/Schedule page)

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 some throws and joint locks that are derived from Jujitsu and some throws and other techniques derived from Kenjutsu. Aikido focuses not on punching or kicking opponents, but rather on using their own energy to gain control of them or to throw them away from you. It is not a static art, but places great emphasis on motion and the dynamics of movement.

Upon closer examination, practitioners will find from Aikido what they are looking for, whether it is applicable self-defense technique, spiritual enlightenment, physical health or 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 different styles emphasize the more spiritual aspects to greater or lesser degrees. Although the idea of a martial discipline striving for peace and harmony may seem paradoxical, it is the most basic tenet of the art.

We could attempt to pigeonhole Aikido into a synopsis of X number of words, but that would not do it justice, so we leave the practitioner of Aikido to find out what Aikido is for themselves without any preconceived notions.

About the Aikido School of Lexington

About The ASL Founder (Short Bio)

Allen Hinkle is the founder and head instructor of The Aikido School of Lexington. Allen began studying Aikido and other Martial Arts forms in 1992, after playing 7 years of rugby. He received his Shodan (black belt) from Ron Boyd at the Ronin Bushido Karate Club in August of 1997. He began teaching in February 1998, and formed The Aikido School of Lexington in February 2002. The school was formed in alliance with the USMA, and in 2003, the school also became aligned with Four Seasons Mixed Martial Arts.

His background includes over 20 years of security work ranging from clubs/bars (over 15 total), to stage security for concerts with 23,000+ patrons. This is the basis for his 'realistic' approach and philosophies. He takes Aikido from the theory realm to the practical realm, thru his experiences. He focuses on basic motor skills, theory, theory translation to application, and core physical reactions, for total integration of Aikido into the individual.