||Irrashaimase, Welcome to Murakumo Dojo. We are an Aikido dojo located on Bainbridge Island, WA. Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial way that originated during WWII. The founder of Aikido is known as O'Sensei, but his family name was Ueshiba & first name Morihei. O'Sensei also had a Shinto name, Ame no Murakumo Kuki Samu Hara Ryu O O Kami, or the Dragon King. A phrase from this Shinto name,"Murakumo", means billowing (many) clouds. The term Mura is also short for murasaki (purple). This is the term used for the name of our dojo, "Purple Clouds Dojo". We offer a classical form of Aikido as well as creatively employing modern learning/teaching methods. The students experience traditional Japanese etiquette, language, and supplemental arts. In addition, a concious effort to transform the practitioner via integration and resonance of energy centers (Head, Heart, & Belly) is applied. This results in the capacity to channel "Ki" (Life Energy) and "Kokyu" (Cosmic Breath) into the forms of Aikido and ultimately life's daily activities.