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Kamiza

Kamiza dojo term. (1) Place of honour or Upper seat; from kami [spirit] & za [seat].See, shomen. (Aka, joza, or shinza).Ideally as you face the kamiza, you face east.

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Kamiza (上座?) is a term used in Japan to refer to the 'top seat' within a room. The opposite term referring to the 'bottom seat' within a room is Shimoza. The Kamiza is the seat or position that is most comfortable, usually furthest from the door (because this is warmest). In a traditional Washitsu room it would often be a Zabuton placed so the person sitting there has their back to the Tokonoma. In a modern, Western-style room it would often be a comfortable armchair or sofa.

When entering a room in Japan on a formal occasion it is of great importance to assume the correct seating position, and to leave the Kamiza free for the most important person present, be that a special guest or the person of highest rank. However, if one humbly sits in the Shimoza position and is then encouraged by the host to move to the Kamiza, it is quite acceptable to do so.

The term Kamiza is frequently confused by martial arts practitioners with Kamidana, a Shinto shrine often found in Dōjō (martial arts training halls).

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Aikido is a modern Japanese Martial Art and is very different from disciplines such as Karate, Kick Boxing, Taekwondo, Kung Fu, MMA, BJJ, Kempo and Krav Maga where there is emphasis on kicking, punching or wrestling.

Aikido is an extremely efficient self defence (also as Self-Defence Women London) system utilising balance-taking and posture-breaking movements to achieve joint locks, pins and throws. It contains elements of Ju Jitsu, Kendo, Judo and other budo.

Aikido Classes are held every Tuesday and Wednesday evening at our Harrow dojo, and Thursday evening at our Pinner dojo in NW London. Pinner Aikido Club London is a part of the Kai Shin Kai International Traditional Aikido Association (KSK), which is a member of the British Aikido Board (BAB).

Aikido is essentially a non-violent Martial art system that encourages the avoidance of confrontation and harmony with an aggressor. The classes are well attended with Aikido students always on the mat and aimed at all levels, from beginner to advanced but everyone is welcome to come along regardless of fitness or experience.

Our Aikido students work at their own pace during the training sessions and no one is forced into doing anything they are not comfortable with.
Pinner Aikido Club in London can help you achieve self-defense skills, self-esteem, confidence, and fitness. Most of all though, our classes are fun.

You do not have to be competitive or naturally athletic to take part in the Aikido class. Learning Aikido is about self-improvement and self-confidence.

Regardless of your size, body type and current level of physical ability or disability. If you are looking for a healthier, more confident way of life, then the modern art of Aikido may well be for you.

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