Dear Friends and Supporters,
The Aikido Resolutions Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that has been operational since 2009. The main focus since that time has been helping cancer patients in their rehabilitation from cancer. We are doing this by teaching a program called Cut The Cancer. Patients (and their care givers) are taught mind-body coordination and fitness through the study of Aikido.
Aikido is known as the art of harmonizing energy. It is an art that was created in the early 19th century by Morihei Ueshiba as a culmination of many arts that he studied. This art is steeped in Japanese Budo (martial way) and offers the ideal philosophy when dealing with conflicts whether physical, mental, or in this case medical. Through the study of Aikido we are taught that conflict is something that can be worked with and not against in order to diffuse it. In general, most martial arts utilize a physical component and a philosophical/spiritual component in their teachings. The physical aspects of traditional Aikido do not lend themselves to what we teach as they incorporate throws, pins and joint locks. However the philosophy is perfect. For the specialized group that we are working with we have created an art form known as Aiki Gan Agatsu (self victory over cancer thru Aikido). Our program uses the sword work from Aikido as the physical component in this art. Working with a bokken (wooden sword) the students are taught the basics of the various strikes, blocks and body movements necessary to work in both solo and paired exercises. Coupled with ki development exercises, meditation and breathing, the student is armed with the tools necessary to utilize the tenets of Budo in their fight with cancer.This program is brought to the cancer patient and their care giver free of charge.
In 2010 we completed the preparation and compilation of testing requirements for Aiki Gan Agatsu. These requirements have been approved by the Aikido Association of America under the guidance and advisement of Mr. Glen Matsuda, Shihandai, 6th dan aikikai. We can now offer testing for students up to 2nd degree black belt (Nidan). In January 2011 we began teaching 4 regular students at Ryoshinkan Aikido Dojo in Arlington Heights, Il. These students were the first test candidates of Aiki Gan Agatsu and 2 of them are breast cancer survivors.
Since the 2010 we have provided groups all over the Chicagoland area with demonstrations and sample classes. We have worked with YWCA Waukegan, Rush Hospital Chicago, CentegraHospital, and the Young Survival Coalition Chicago to name a few. More recently, we have been working with several Gilda’s Clubs to provide our program free of charge to their members. We now have a monthly program that we will start in July 2012 at the Gilda’s Club Chicago and a monthly program at Glida's Club South Jersey in Linwood New Jersey starting in August. We are also working with Gilda’s Clubs in Madison, Wisconsin, and Grand Rapids, Michigan to get programs started there as well. Other Gilda's Clubs that we are in contact with include Milwaukee, Wisconsin and New York City, New York with more to follow.
Your donation will help us provide Aiki Gan Agatsu training to cancer patients and their care givers free of charge. You can also help by spreading the word about our program to all your friends and family. More information can be found at www.aikidoresolutions.com and www.cutthecancer.org Find us on Facebook at Cutthecancer.
Thank you for all your support!