Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Martin Luther King, Jr. – Letter From Birmingham Jail
Aikido is a tool for personal transformation, which doesn’t take place in a vacuum. Painful though it may be, it is vital to recognize this country’s dual legacy of liberty and genocide. Today is Juneteenth, commemorating June 19, 1865, when African Americans in Texas were informed of their freedom. Despite that promise, more than 150 years later their struggle for true emancipation goes on.
Racism and brutality against Blacks, Latinos, Indigenous and all people of color, as well as discrimination against the LGBTQ community, remain stains on our society. Aikido is designed to resolve conflict, of which there is no shortage, and it is everyone’s responsibility to do what they can to address these injustices. “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny,” Dr. King wrote. This dojo is committed to fostering an environment of inclusion and openness, founded on the principle of sincere practice.