Our Chief Instructor

Aikido is a Japanese martial art with qualities similar to Judo, Ju Jitsu, and Karate, but with the philosophical difference based on harmony (Ai) and inner competition. 

The name "Aikido" is often translated as "The way of peace."  This philosophy embodies itself in the circular movements of Aikido, where the nage (defender) uses sweeping evasive motions to blend with the uke (attacker), using the attacker's own force to defuse the attack, all without causing permanent harm. Pressure points, locks, pins, and projections are all part of Aikido.

Created by Morihei Ueshiba in the 1960's, Aikido traces its roots back to the samurai traditions. Ueshiba, or O'Sensei (great teacher), was a diminutive man who stunned observers with his power and grace in executing technique.  He believed Aikido should be spread around the world, and sent his students out to do that.

Both philosophical and physical, Aikido appeals to a wide range of practitioners, bringing a wonderful culture to the dojo.                      

Our dojo is a tightly knit community of individuals who share a love of Aikido and a mutual respect for their partners along that path. We value fun, laughter, and positive interaction with aikidoka of all levels. 

Competitiveness, shadow-teaching, and rank-dominance are discouraged. 

Water's Edge Aikikai is affiliated with the Hombu Dojo in Japan through the United States Aikido Federation, or USAF, headed by Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei.

Members of Water's Edge Aikikai who hold rank (6th kyu and above) pay annual dues to maintain good standing with the USAF.  In 2015, dues were $35.


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About Aikido


Meg Bower

Our chief instructor began practicing Aikido in 1993 at Columbia Aikikai under Sensei Lamar Sanders.  She continued practicing through several interstate moves, and was a member of Aikido of Central New York under Yousuf Mehter and of Capital Aikikai under Clyde Takeguchi. 

Meg has been a certified fukushidoin (instructor) with the United States Aikido Federation since 2013, and is the only fukushidoin in the greater Baltimore area. 

A firm believer that every aikidoka should have a "beginner's mind," Meg has regularly attended seminars all over the United States and beyond, receiving instruction from some of the direct students of the founder of Aikido.  Among them was the late Kanai Sensei (pictured above, observing Meg's kokyu doza back in the late 1990's).

Meg continues to practice and learn from today's leaders in the USAF, attending seminars and encouraging dojo members to do the same.


Our Dojo Culture

Water's Edge Aikikai