|Aikido is a
dynamic Japanese martial art originally developed
by Master Morihei Ueshiba during the first half
of the twentieth century. It is not only an
effective self-defence system but also a method
of strengthening the mind and body to produce a
more integrated person. Aikido
means: the way (do) of harmony (ai) and the
The movements in Aikido are
influenced by the arts of sword and spear
fighting, ju jutsu, aiki jutsu and other schools
of martial arts. However, Aikido is directly
related to defence against unprovoked attacks;
there are no aggressive moves.
The focus is on
the development of ki (inner energy) and your
hara (centre) and how to use these to enhance the
circularity, power and flow of your movements.
You will learn how to improve your breathing,
posture, relaxation and mental focus in order to
be more aware of yourself and your surroundings.
This helps to release tension and worry that
would otherwise hinder you in Aikido and also