Aikido was originally developed in Japan as a way to defend yourself and resolve conflict. As such, it is very effective and has been taught around the world to police and security personnel.
Where the art 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.
Aikido – co-operation and focus
A martial art is not a sport. 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, we practise in pairs. This reliance on a partner fosters co-operation and harmony within the dojo and aids self development as everyone is working together to challenge each other to do their best.
Techniques that work in the real world
However, make no mistake: we focus on ensuring that your techniques work, both on the mat and in the real world. Everyone works at their own level. As a beginner, you will be taught how to be safe, mindful and calm under pressure.
Then, as you learn more, we will be sure to challenge you at the appropriate level, so that you continue to grow and learn.
At all levels, though, we teach discipline and a respect for your practice partner.
Although Aikido is principally an unarmed martial art, some Japanese weapon work is taught as an aid to concentration and posture.
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