Aikido or way of the harmonious spirit is a dynamic Japanese martial art that utilizes joint manipulations and harmonized body movement to throw or control an aggressor in a non-violent manner.
On choosing to train in Aikido, students will learn:
- Foot work and body control which forms the basis of all Aikido techniques.
- Rolls and break-falls to allow students to safely respond to techniques being applied to them.
- Various empty hand techniques, with an emphasis on harmonizing instead of attacking.
- The use of weapons including the Tanto, Jo and Boken, to better understand the techniques within Aikido.
At the heart of Aikido is the idea of self development, working on the principles of hard work, self control and selflessness. As true victory is victory over ones self.