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About Aikido

There are numerous websites giving detailed information on the history and practice of aikido (e.g. see FAQ) so this section restricts itself to a brief overview.

Aikido is a Japanese martial art, founded in 1942 by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) and was based on his study of many of the ancient martial arts, including sword techniques, some of which go back to the 11th century.

Skilled practitioners learn to blend into an attacker's motion to either dissipate the energy of the attack or re-direct the attacker's aggression against themselves.

Whilst Aikido is not competitive, ample opportunity is given to experience positive attacks and develop techniques and movement from single or multiple attacks. Unlike many of the kicking and punching arts Aikido does not depend of following a set form of techniques to deal with an attacker. As the Aikido student progresses the movements become instinctive and students learn to move from one technique to another to respond to the changing circumstances of an attack.

So whether you want to learn a martial art that doesn't use strength; expand your mental alertness and self confidence or improve your level of fitness - Aikido could be the 'way' for you.