There is a long and honorable tradition in the East of people supporting Dojos (place where men and women practice a discipline of self-realization). Some continue supporting after they stop active training and others support the dojo because they see value for their family, the community and society in sustaining the practice.

Our dojo is an unusual place of practice for a number of reasons. First, we are a registered non-profit educational organization, and none of the instructors are paid. We keep our eye on the authenticity of our instruction in aikido, aiki-weapons and ki development. We train for vitality and confidence, and in the longer-term, for polishing and opening of awareness. This kind of practice illuminates all of life and grows deeper and richer the longer one perseveres. The training is always fresh and new, and as layer after layer of habitual patterns become conscious and then fall away, we become more connected, more aware and more capable people.

Secondly, while the aikido we teach and practice is detailed, structurally sound, and physically effective, we always endeavor to cultivate the essence of the art: non-conflict mind and respect. Aikido began as a martial art and its study dissolves slackness, passivity and submission. It polishes away aggression, superiority and arrogance. We learn, over time, to develop a calm open confidence, dignity and integrity based on our natural condition of unified mind and body. Our training is cooperative, heartfelt and exuberant.

Boys and girls, men and women, young and mature, people of any faith, race, creed, or orientation can come, with an open mind and interest, and train together. We often have highly regarded Sensei (teachers) from other aikido schools teach seminars to broaden our views and open possibilities. We also travel to other dojos for special seminars and events, bringing back interesting aikido details and exercises that enliven our practice further. And while we do follow much of Aikido’s traditional etiquette (bowing, Japanese terminology, traditional training uniforms, etc.) we do not hold to this too rigorously.

We take training seriously, while at the same time enjoy ourselves. We do not concentrate on physical conditioning in our practice sessions, leaving that to each person to manage as they need and desire. People of a wide range of capabilities can train well together in Aikido, given the emphasis on harmonizing energy rather than trying to overcome or overpower.

For those wanting to contribute toward sustaining Durango Shin-Budo Kai Aikido, You use the donation button below. We have a non-profit account with Paypal to facilitate contributions.

Donate by Check:
Make checks out to: DSBK Aikido.
Mail to: DSBK Aikido, c/o Steve Self Treasurer, 120 Trail Ridge Road, Durango, CO 81301.

Durango Shin-Budo Kai Aikido is a registered 501 C3 Non-Profit Corporation. Our Tax-ID number is 32-0083806. You may claim your donation appropriately on your tax return. Thank you for your attention and support.

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