|What is Aikido?||
The term Aikido is translated as "The Way of
Harmony". Aikido is a Martial Art/Way from Japan. It has been said to embody the best
of Japanese tradition as a martial art.
|What are the characteristics of Aikido?||
Aikido is characterised by circular movements blending
with the oncoming force of an opponent. This force is then channelled to an immobilisation
or locking technique, or a throwing technique.
|What are the benefits?
Aikido helps to develop the spirit, mind and body.
|How are Aikido classes conducted?
Aikido is practiced with a partner; mostly empty hand
techniques as shown by the instructor.
|How safe is Aikido practice?
Aikido practice is observed with strict etiquette; always
beginning and ending with etiquette.
|Is it a form of Self Defense?||
With practice, Aikido is a very effective form of self
defence. An Aikidoka is trained to defend against attacks from the front and rear, and
against multiple simultaneous atackers. Defences against armed attacks are also covered at
the advanced level.
|At what age can we start Aikido?
Children can start from the ages of six to eleven years
with children's classes. Adults have no age limit as long as you are in reasonably good
physical condition. There are Aikido students in their 40's, 50's and even older
throughout the world.
|What equipment do I need to practise Aikido?||
All you need is a set of uniform (keiko-gi), an open
mind, and your commitment!