Aikido is translated as "The way of unifying life energy". It was created as a martial art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury.
Aikido classes train students to turn an opponents’ power against themselves. It achieves this by using the exact degree of control required to neutralise their energy without inflicting undue harm.
Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba in 1920 as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy and religious beliefs. Minoru Mochizuki brought Aikido to the rest of the world in 1951.
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The main form of Aikido techniques are joint immobilisations and throws using the opponents momentum. Practices with bokken and jo (wooden training weapons) serve to assist in the understanding of techniques and their development.
Aikido includes numerous techniques for example:
These martial arts techniques should be only practiced under the supervision of a trained martial arts instructor.
Aikido classes improve fitness. They help to develop a fitter, suppler and stronger body, with improved flexibility, reflexes and reactions.
Aikido’s training includes controlled relaxation, flexibility and endurance. There is less emphasis on strength training.
Aikido lessons emphasise the use of co-ordinated whole-body movement and balance, similar to yoga or Pilates.
Aikido Clubs offer classes for beginners, intermediate, advanced levels. Before committing to a class or club it is worth telephoning or emailing to get a feel for the training on offer at the school.
Aikido is practiced around the world with Aikido clubs springing up in cities across the UK.
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