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The Makotokan Dojo was formed in 1997 by Steve Nickerson Sensei at the direct encouragement of the Honbu Dojo and the International Yoshinkan Aikido Federation in Japan. The Makotokan is an internationally recognized Dojo registered at the Honbu (World Headquarters) who have sanctioned it's name and provided it’s registration. The name Makotokan translates as “MAKOTO” - to be sincere and “KAN” - house. “MAKOTOKAN” therefore means the House of Sincerity - Oneness in Word and Deed.


 

The highest virtue of the warrior is Makoto; to be true to oneself and to everyone else. Makoto is said to be the origin of Aiki. It requires living in the moment, beyond self-seeking motivation, selfishness or pride. Makoto is sincerity and honesty, trust and compassion, loyalty and friendship.


 

Within Japanese Budo, this term means more than simply studying correct Aikido techniques. Training in Aikido involves developing the physical, mental, spiritual and social aspects of human existence and daily life.