Who can do Aikido?

Thinking a martial art is not right for you? Think again…

The phrase ‘martial art’ can be off-putting to many people, especially women students, due common perceptions of martial arts.

You might have seen footage from the Olympic Games showing powerful Judo or Taekwondo competitors. And you might be thinking, “That’s not my kind of thing. I don’t want to go fighting with people. I’m not that kind of person”.

What are the practical benefits of Aikido?

Rather than focusing on martial arts and self defence, ask yourself whether you would benefit from any of the following:

Confidence

It is a common experience of beginner students that their self-confidence improves as a result of Aikido classes.

Coordination

The physical movements and exercise routines that form the building blocks of Aikido are an excellent way to improve motor skills, posture, and balance.

Calmness

Aikido lessons include breathing and relaxation exercises that are a great way to calm the mind. This is because Aikido techniques only work properly if the body is relaxed.

Composure

Dealing with incoming energy, whilst maintaining a relaxed state of mind, improves composure under pressure and the ability to deal with stress in real life situations.

Community

It should not be overlooked that Aikido is simply a great way to meet like minded people and there is a great feeling of camaraderie amongst the Aikido community.

What can you bring to Aikido?

We prefer not to impose a description of who Aikido is suitable for.

Each individual is unique. Each person has different reasons to start Aikido training. Each person brings their own personality and attributes to Sankaku Aikido classes. And that is what we want to see.

Aikido evolves and is enriched by the variety of people who practice it.

What equipment do you need to try Aikido?

All you need is some loose fitting sports or leisure clothing, and a willingness to give it a try. It’s that simple.

There is no need to buy a pair of the white pyjamas worn in traditional martial arts (called a ‘gi’ in Japanese) before you try Aikido. That can follow later once you have trained for a few weeks.

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Connect with others | Control balance | Move in harmony | Finish with confidence