About aikido

About aikido

Aikido Club

What is involved in training?
Being a grappling art for the most part, one is expected to practice with a partner or in groups. A degree of joint flexibility helps the practitioner safely receive the locks and pins that are common in a training session. Training begins with a series of warm-ups and basic techniques and rolls. As the class progresses, the techniques become more involved. Class ends with meditation practice to calm the mind down. 

Are weapons used in training?
Yes. Weapons are used for both historical and teaching reasons. As most Japanese martial arts involve the use of weapons, knowledge of them provides an insight into many techniques. The weight and structure of a weapon also helps the student use the proper muscle groups to generate power more efficiently.

The weapons we use regularly in practice are the wooden sword, staff and wooden knife. 

Who can practice aikido?
Anyone can pick up aikido. There is no limit on age. Being one of the few non-competitive martial arts, there are no weight divisions and tournaments. Participants in a class simply pair up with a partner and do the techniques demonstrated by the instructor. Group practice is also included to give the practitioner a sense of space management when faced with multiple partners. 

Will I experience muscle soreness after training?
As with all physical exercise, some discomfort will occur in the muscles and ligaments. These usually subside within a week. Their frequency diminishes also as your body gets used to the unusual movements. Areas to expect soreness are the legs, shoulder, arms and abdomen. Bruising on the forearms are also expected in the grasping techniques.