In May of 2010, we opened our dojo in the New Tampa YMCA, in sunny Tampa, Florida with the vision of creating a community of Aikido practitioners. We are dedicated to the teaching, training and spread of traditional Aikido. By training, we commit to a simple lifestyle that balances the duties of modern life with a martial vigor. We don’t promise anything but genuine authentic Aikido training. This training serves to polish your body, spirit and mind.
The palm trees in our logo represent triumph, peace, and eternal life–as well as being a symbol of the Tampa Bay area. The Birankai logo in the center of the sun represents the teachings of Aikido we have received, shining down on and nourishing three palms of increasing height, which represent shuhari–our aspiration of achieving formlessness.
Aikido master Endō Seishirō shihan explains shuhari in the following quote:
“It is known that, when we learn or train in something, we pass through the stages of shu, ha, and ri. These stages are explained as follows. In shu, we repeat the forms and discipline ourselves so that our bodies absorb the forms that our forebears created. We remain faithful to these forms with no deviation. Next, in the stage of ha, once we have disciplined ourselves to acquire the forms and movements, we make innovations. In this process the forms may be broken and discarded. Finally, in ri, we completely depart from the forms, open the door to creative technique, and arrive in a place where we act in accordance with what our heart/mind desires, unhindered while not overstepping laws.”