Aikido - "The Way of Harmony
of Spirit" is a Japanese system of self-defence whose origins
can be traced back to the 12th century. It was created by Morihei
Ueshiba (1883 - 1969) as a basis for both physical and spiritual
It is an art that does not seek to meet violence
with violence and yet maintains its martial origins. It is based
on spherical movements by which an attackers aggressive force is
turned against itself . The main form of Aikido techniques are joint
immobilisation and throws using the opponents momentum. Practices
with bokken and jo serve to assist understanding of techniques and
their development. Traditional Aikido has since its conception been
non-competitive, however several styles have developed including
Tomiki Aikido, which has introduced competitive aspects.
Benefits of Aikido
Since Aikido does not require physical strength or aggressive spirit,
it can be practised by people of all ages and sexes. Based on full
and natural body movement, Aikido exercises the whole body. It teaches
and develops flexibility, co-ordination, balance and quick reaction.
Because Aikido is essentially a method of practical self-defence,
the practitioner will eventually acquire a sound basis of quick
reaction and effective movement which should prove useful if an
occasion should demand it in real life.
What facilities and equipment are required?
Practice is normally conducted on a matted area using judo mats.
Participants wear judo or karate suits. Wooden practice weapons
bokken and jo are required as the beginner progresses in some associations.
A grading system is followed within most clubs; similar to other
Professional Indemnity insurance for Coaches is compulsory, as is
Personal Accident insurance for all participants.
To find your nearest club please click on the Club
For information regarding Coaching, Insurance and
other information, write to the British Aikido Board's Secretary
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