Aikido is a powerful and dynamic system of training based on traditional Japanese Martial Arts. Students strive to full fill their own potential through mental and physical conditioning, as well as the training and development of technique and forms, called Kata. Developed in Japan by Morihei Ueshiba, through his commitment to the martial arts he eventually formulated his own art and called it Aikido.
The “way” of “harmony” with “nature”
Often described as “moving Zen” the ultimate aim is personal transformation. However, the focus of the Dojo (training hall) is practical. Repetition and hard work are required to master the fundamentals of training.
“This is not mere theory”, O Sensei said, “you must practice it”
The benefits of training include stamina, flexibility and improved muscle tone. The student of Aikido learns to identify and gain control of the ways in which he or she reacts to opposition and adversity, and so learns to remain centred under these conditions.