Aikido is a Japanese martial art which was founded on the principles of harmony and non-resistance.It is a very effective way of self defense, which does not rely on size or physical strength. Ultimately it is the energy of theattack itself which brings down the attacker.
Aikido gives us means by which to challenge and refine our self, to examine our weaknesses and to discover our potential.
It is a philosophy with a physical expression and can be practiced by women, men, and children.
Through diligent Aikido training we become more centered, and thus more connected to other people, and to our environment.
The final aim of Aikido training is personal transformation, and the creation of integrated human being, yet philosophical discussion on the mat is rare.
The focus is on the physical aspect of the art, which serves as a bridge between the mind and the spirit.
During a typical class, the teacher will demonstrate a technique, the students will then pair up, and practice that technique. One partner launches an attack and the other will respond with a graceful movement, off balancing his/her partner, leading into a pin or a throw.
While one partner studies the execution of the technique, the other will perfect the art of ‘Ukemi’ (initiating a good attack, following the technique intelligently, and safely falling or rolling). The essence of Aikido technique is spherical motion around a stable, energized center. When executed correctly, with the right frame of mind, the techniques are powerful, dynamic, and effortless. The atmosphere in the Dojo (training hall) is joyful and pleasant.