BENEFITS OF AIKIDO TRAINING
Aikido is a meaningful physical, psychological, spiritual and transformational practice.
“The purpose of Aikido is not to create aggressive fighters but to refine wisdom and self- control. As a student of Aikido, you must study to improve and polish yourself, not to compete with others. The key to this process – and the heart of aikido – is musubi or harmonious interaction. Musubi, as it is refined, can mean the ability to control and alter interaction, changing a hostile approach to a healthy encounter or an attack into a handshake.”
Mitsugi Saotome Shihan
Aikido is a practical martial art and an effective form of self-defense. You learn to defend against one or multiple attackers, knives, staff and sword. In ASU (Aikido Schools of Ueshiba) you also study multiple weapons forms as handed down to us by Saotome Sensei. You learn to use staff, sword, and even two sword paired forms. As a study of physical movement, Aikido teaches you body and spatial awareness.
Although there is no competition, matches or sparring in aikido practice, it can be physically and mentally challenging. Partners learn to train in ways that maintain safety and avoid injury, but that challenge each other and promote growth. The ideal is to peacefully resolve conflict, yet as martial artists we always strive to be in a position to take advantage of an attacker’s openings as needed.
Aikido practice is a form of functional training improving mind-body coordination that applies to activities of everyday life. It emphasizes natural movement and uses minimal effort to execute techniques. This practice reduces muscle tension and increases freedom of movement. Aikido training can improve your performance in competitive and recreational sports. Its focus on balance and safe falling helps avoid injuries on and off the mat
Training in Aikido improves physical conditioning, and helps develop balance, flexibility and coordination. Falling down and getting up repeatedly during class teaches you the ability to easily regain equilibrium and develops physical resilience Then, taking someone else’s balance provides you a study of connected yet independent movement, maintaining your balance while guiding a partner.
Aikido’s movements are graceful and fluid and can be practiced by anyone at any age. Individual progress can be made no matter your level of physical ability. In fact, it often becomes a continually evolving life-long physical study. Because of the multi-faceted nature of Aikido practice, many students experience improved energy levels and sense of well-being on this fulfilling path.