Aikido is a martial art developed and refined in Japan by Morihei Ueshiba. Aikido literally translates to:
…or the way to harmonize energy.
Combining practical self-defense movements derived from Kenjutsu (sword techniques) and Jujutsu (supple techniques), Aikido is a unique method of self-defence equally adaptable against single or multiple attackers.
The physical side of Aikido involves joint manipulation, throws, and ukemi (taking a fall). We work with our partner’s momentum to redirect and control it. The mental side of Aikido practice involves developing concentration, focus, and calmness. If our minds are not calm, our techniques won’t be smooth or effective.
In our classes, we develop our bodies through vigorous and safe practice both through empty hand and weapons training. With regular and committed practice, Aikido offers the benefit of learning self-defense, as well as the opportunity to improve and enrich yourself both physically and mentally.