Distanced Aikido – July 15th. Normal Aikido resumes on Thursday July 22nd.
You can also join these free online on Zoom. Class times: Thursdays 7.30 – 9.00 pm BST (GMT+1) – everyone welcome, beginners to advanced.
Please email us for the link and password.
Aikido was originally developed in Japan as a way to resolve conflict with minimal damage. As such, it is very effective and has been taught around the world to police and security personnel.
Where Aikido differs from many other martial arts is its emphasis on blending, balance and timing and Ki to affect the opponent. Relying on strength in aikido is not only unnecessary, but will also reduce the effectiveness of your technique. But for that reason, it is suitable for people of all sizes, ages and levels of fitness.
Aikido is a defensive martial art based on using the opponents strength and aggression against them in a controlled rather than damaging manner.
Ki Aikido is not a sport and retains a traditional view to practice. We do not compete against each other. There is nothing wrong with competitive martial arts, but they teach you how to win competitions, which is not necessarily the same as defending yourself in real life.
Typically, Aikido is practised in pairs. This reliance on a partner fosters co-operation and harmony within the dojo and aids self development greatly as the normal element of competition found within martial arts is removed.
Discipline and a respect for your practice partner must be maintained.
Although Aikido is principally an unarmed martial art, some Japanese weapon work is taught as an aid to concentration and posture.