Training Style & Benefits

 Aikido Training is for everyone

People of all ages enjoy the practice of Aikido. A positive attitude is more important than physical ability. Classes are structured to allow students to practice in a way that is appropriate for their own level and abilities. Training is physically challenging, but not harmful.

FLAT training style

Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of an opponent and redirecting the force of his attack, rather than opposing it head-on. The aikido practitioner blends with and leads an opponent’s attack using entering and turning movements with the purpose of controlling the opponent with minimal effort, through the use of Ki power. The techniques are completed with various throws, joint locks, wrist locks or submission holds. Students will study defensive techniques against single and multiple opponents.

Training includes practice with Ki meditation, body movement, posture, balance, rolling and falling. Advanced training includes practice with wooden weapons: Bokken (sword), Jo (staff) and Tanto (knife), randori/multiple opponent attacks, throwing techniques, and precision sets called Kata.

Type of student welcome:
Adults: Male and female all ages including seniors.
Children:  Male and female ages 8 years and above (younger students subject to interview).

Benefits of Aikido Training

  • senior adults will rediscover their youth. Feel better, improve balance and mobility.
  • young adults will improve concentration, strength, endurance, balance and coordination.
  • young children will improve concentration and grades in school and improve endurance and coordination in sports activities.
  • become more perceptive of movement and attitude, both your own and others.
  • learn meditation practices that can be used daily to increase calmness and relaxation.
  • develop keener awareness – the key to perceiving both the dangers and opportunities in daily life.
  • better physical and mental health
  • improved quality of life
  • more energy
  • move with fewer aches and pains
  • better posture and balance
  • improved self-esteem
  • weight maintenance
  • stronger muscles and bones
  • relaxation and reduced stress

Research has shown that exercise reduces the risk of:

  • heart disease
  • falls and injuries
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • osteoporosis
  • stroke
  • depression
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