Sensei is a traditionalist with an open mind. He believes in hard
work that makes you stronger, embraces obstacles that harden your
resolve, and discourages learning the easy way.
He believes that
Aikido should be effective- not a dance that just misguides you into
thinking you can defend yourself in a crisis, but a martial
on the battlefield. At the same time however, he stresses the
importance of etiquette, tradition, and respect.
teaches the importance of understanding the roots of Aikido and that as
a Japanese martial art it needs to be learned and experienced while
being immersed in the Japanese culture. He shows the importance of
understanding the nuances of the language and how they influence one's
understanding of Aikido. With that in
mind, a lot of his class is taught in Japanese because many ideas just
don't translate well enough into English. Using his rare knowledge of
Japanese language and culture, Lewallen Sensei re-creates for his
students an authentic Japanese learning experience. Why have
someone tell you what riding a
motorcycle is like when you could just get on it and ride it
yourself? There is no way to describe the air hitting your
face or the vibration of the handle bars.
at Lewallen Sensei's dojo, you can feel the energy he and his students
create. Entering the Aikido Shoubu Dojo, you are able to
leave your everyday experience behind and learn something foreign and
wonderful that will strengthen your spirit.