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We strive for perfection

Japan's warrior class - the samurai, lived their life in accordance with the "way of the warrior" called - Bushido. It is said, Bushido is the soul of Japan. He interprets the samurai code of conduct, how chivalrous men should act in their personal and professional lives. We are working on our development using this guide through the eight virtues of Bushido: Rectitude - Justice, Courage, Benevolence - Mercy, Respect - Politeness, Honesty and Sincerity, Honor, Loyalty and Character and Self-Control.

We Strive for Perfection

Japan's warrior class - the samurai, lived their life in accordance with the "way of the warrior" called - Bushido. It is said, Bushido is the soul of Japan. He interprets the samurai code of conduct, how chivalrous men should act in their personal and professional lives. We are working on our development using this guide through the eight virtues of Bushido:



Referring not only to martial rectitude, but to personal rectitude: Rectitude or Justice, is the strongest virtue of Bushido. ‘Rectitude is one’s power to decide upon a course of conduct in accordance with reason, without wavering; to die when to die is right, to strike when to strike is right. Without Rectitude neither talent nor learning can make the human frame into a samurai.'


True samurai disdained money, believing that “men must grudge money, for riches hinder wisdom.” Thus children of high-ranking samurai were raised to believe that talking about money showed poor taste, and that ignorance of the value of different coins showed good breeding: Bushido encouraged thrift, not for economic reasons so much as for the exercise of abstinence. Luxury was thought the greatest menace to manhood, and severe simplicity was required of the warrior class.


Bushido distinguishes between bravery and courage: Courage is worthy of being counted among virtues only if it’s exercised in the cause of Righteousness and Rectitude. In his Analects, Confucius says: ‘Perceiving what is right and not doing it, reveals a lack of Courage.’ In short, ‘Courage is doing what is right.’ Courage is a necessity in today’s world.


Though Bushido deals with the profession of soldiering, it is equally concerned with non-martial behavior: The sense of Honor, a vivid consciousness of personal dignity and worth, characterized the samurai. He was born and bred to value the duties and privileges of his profession. Fear of disgrace hung like a sword over the head of every samurai. To take offense at slight provocation was ridiculed as ‘short-tempered.’ As the popular adage put it: ‘True patience means bearing the unbearable.’


A man invested with the power to command and the power to kill was expected to demonstrate equally extraordinary powers of benevolence and mercy: Love, magnanimity, affection for others, sympathy and pity, are traits of Benevolence, the highest attribute of the human soul. Both Confucius and Mencius often said the highest requirement of a ruler of men is Benevolence.


Economic reality has dealt a blow to organizational loyalty around the world. Nonetheless, true men remain loyal to those to whom they are indebted: Loyalty to a superior was the most distinctive virtue of the feudal era. Personal fidelity exists among all sorts of men: a gang of pickpockets swears allegiance to its leader. But only in the code of chivalrous Honor does Loyalty assume paramount importance. Loyalty is at the base of a good society.


Discerning the difference between obsequiousness and politeness is difficult for some people, but for a true man, courtesy is rooted in benevolence: Politeness should be the expression of a benevolent regard for the feelings of others; it’s a poor virtue if it’s motivated only by a fear of offending good taste. In its highest form Politeness approaches love.


The difference between good and bad and between right and wrong are givens, not arguments subject to discussion or justification, and a man should know the difference. Finally, it is a man’s obligation to teach his children moral standards through the model of his own behavior: The first objective of samurai education was to build up Character. Intellectual superiority was esteemed, but a samurai was essentially a man of action.

What is Aikido?

Aikido is budo. It is a martial art created in Japan. Translated, it means “The Way of harmonizing [with the] energy” (AI - harmony, KI - energy, and DO - the way). The founder Morihei Ueshiba officialy established this martial art in 1941-2 with this name, as a result of gained knowledge from previously mastered martial arts.
Regarding the technical part, the biggest influence in creating aikido had the martial art “Daito ryu aiki jujutsu”. Morihei Ueshiba learnt Daito Ryu from Takeda Sokaku, who was the first to teach this medieval samurai martial art outside the Takeda clan.


Inner Peace and strength

Practicing aikido improves some of the basic tools that we need in every day life: Discipline, Focus and Patience. With these "weapons" in our possesion we can fight all the battels that we are confronted with.

For a martial artist, this means to have restraint and control. In other words, not being hot headed. Not taking out your frustration or anger out on your teacher or the person you are training with.

You have to be in control of your emotions. Don’t let your emotions control you. It also means making a commitment to train on a regular basis, making your health and wellness a priority and to stop making excuses for why you can’t do those things.

If you want to fully absorb what is being taught to you, you have to be fully engaged in the lesson being given. You have to develop the discipline of pushing out other thoughts so you can focus your mind on what is being taught to you. In short you have to focus on the moment and be in the moment.

If you want to master anything, you must be patient. This is equally as hard as the other virtues and sometimes the hardest for many students.

We live in a society that teaches us to expect instant gratification and sadly most have come to the same expectation with their training. Your training will take as long as it takes to get something and even once you get a concept, you will still need to perfect it, which really never stops. I know that isn’t the answer most want to hear, but it’s true. You must be patient with yourself, your mind, body and even your teacher at times.


Henbo aikido dojo is a member of the Macedonian aikido federation - Aikikai Macedonia

Founded in 2005.

We practice aikido according to the standards of the Aikikai Hombu in Japan. We use the didactical system made by Masatomi Ikeda sensei. This system is characterized by an exceptional teaching and learning methodology, which provides understanding of the complexity of aikido and its core principle of no-resistance. The examination program for degrees is also tailored by Masatomi Ikeda sensei. His teachings are transfered to us by our mentor/supervisor Michele Quaranta shihan.

The school main teacher is Damjan Cingarski (4th Dan Aikikai).

At Henbo Aikido dojo, as an inseparable part of aikido, aikiken (techniques with a wooden sword) and aikijo (techniques with a wooden stick) are being studied. Since we follow the Ikeda sensei's system in its fullness, we also study the Hojo kata (a kenjutsu martial art - kata with a special thick wooden sword) and the Genkikai system of exercises for physical health.

The members of Henbo aikido dojo are practicing at regular bases, they visit international seminars in our country and abroad and are examined by our mentor Quaranta sensei for master degrees.

Our dojo is in the sporthall of the elementary school "Pestaloci".

Tel No. +389 76 697 000.

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children   19:00 19:00
adults 20:00 20:00 20:00

Enroll at any time throughout the year.
No previous experience is required to join the group.

1500 MKD
  • Two times a week
  • (8 sessions)
6000* MKD
  • + Additional private lessons /
  • Individual tutoring

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Where are we?

The aikido lessos are held in the sport hall of the elementary School "J. H. Pestaloci“ in the proximity of the TC Bunjakovec (shopping centre). Address: Apostol Guslarot No. 3 , Skopje tel: 076 697 000.

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