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When one thinks of martial arts, the first thing that comes to mind is protecting yourself from harm and fighting back. But have you ever heard of a martial art applicable as self defence that doesn’t aim to attack back, focusing rather on immobilizing the attacker without causing injury? Thus is the concept of Aikido. When you take Aikido classes you'll see that is a more of a defensive type of martial art. It's a great discipline for those who want to learn how to protect themselves but do not wish to inflict harm on others. Training regularly at any of your chosen Aikido clubs is also a great way to work out and have fun! Everyone is welcome to learn Aikido, even complete beginners.
Aikido uses traditional Japanese weapons such as a wooden sword and staff. Like other martial arts, you need to do warm up exercises which is called aikitaiso; this is a full stretching of your joints, legs, neck, arms to relax your body before the class. Bowing at the beginning and a the end of each class is customary. During classes you must have a partner, or will be assigned a partner to train with.
As said by Aikido founder Morihei Uesiba, “Progress comes to those who train and train. Reliance on secret techniques will get you nowhere.” Do not be put off if you're not an overnight superstar after attending your first Aikido class. Find an Aikido Club that you can regularly attend, and consistently practice. Eventually the movements will become second nature to you, and you will develop an understanding of your own mind and body and how to have better control over it.
Join like-minded individuals who will motivate you to be a more fit you at an Aikido club. Aikido training is no joke and is definitely not something you can excel in on your own. The challenges are part of the excitement – keep on pushing your limits and doing your best in your Aikido classes and you’ll gradually feel your physique, technique, and even your mood improving.
The most challenging part of it all is taking the first step of booking your Aikido classes. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you’re committing to a full course. It is, however, a fantastic way to see if Aikido training is for you!
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