What is Aikido?
Aikido is a martial art that was developed in the 1930s as a method of self-defense with the intention of limiting harm to one’s opponent and is practiced at dojos throughout the world.
Aikido is essentially a study in movement and the development of one’s self-discipline and focus.
There is no sparring or competition within the Aikido practice, instead Aikido holds seminars as a way to expose students to as many teachers and practitioners as possible.
Aikido is a practice that almost exclusively works in partners, with the intent of working with as many people as possible to develop our technique and its application.
Despite being a disciplined practice and challenging study, we have a lot of fun on the mat. Aikido practices are interesting, engaging and there is always something new to learn.
Why practice Aikido?
Practicing Aikido can provide you with both physical and mental conditioning that transfer to common activities outside the dojo. Most noticeably are the skills, conditioning and reflexes to reduce the chances of falling or falling safely in other activities and random every-day accidents.
Aikido provides a unique mixture of strength training, flexibility and cardiovascular activity in every class. This makes Aikido a great activity to become more active or as a complimentary activity for off-season activities and activities that require good weather. Aikido provides the opportunity for practitioners to maintain and develop their physical conditioning while reducing the chances of injury.
Who can practice Aikido?
Anyone who is interested is encouraged to practice. Children’s classes are from 5 to 12 years old, Adult classes are from 13 years old and up.
What equipment is needed to start?
No special equipment is needed to try out Aikido, if you decide to attend classes you will need to purchase a uniform.
Why do you bow?
Aikido practices observe Japanese etiquette, the act of bowing has a very important cultural role within an Aikido dojo that primarily communicates respect to the dojo space, the instructor and your partners. With your partners it also signifies asking for and giving consent to practice together.