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, which is not surprising due to the common perception 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”. (In fact many senior students switch to Aikido from other martial arts, including Karate, Judo, and Taekwondo, having found them too combative or damaging to the body.)
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:
It is a common experience of beginner students that their self-confidence improves as a result of Aikido classes. Observing a person grow in confidence is one of the most rewarding benefits of Aikido.
The physical movements and exercise routines that form the building blocks of Aikido are an excellent way to improve motor skills, posture, and balance.
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 and the mind is calm.
Dealing with the incoming energy from another person, whilst maintaining a relaxed state of mind, improves composure under pressure and the ability to deal with stress in real life situations.
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. Such an approach would be narrow and limiting in scope.
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.
Better to ask what you can bring to Aikido rather than whether Aikido is suitable for you
Whoever you are, and whatever your experience, we would be delighted to hear from you. And of course, welcome you to Aikido training!
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 answered the question: is Aikido right for me?
And there is only one way to answer that question, which is to give Aikido a try!
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