Through its philosophy and techniques, Aikido brings us into harmony with our environment, other people and ourselves.
Unlike many martial arts, Aikido requires no particular advantage in strength or speed, and is practiced successfully by people of all ages and abilities. Aikido practice develops flexibility, coordination, concentration, improved health and fitness, effective communication skills and self-esteem.
The physical aspects of Aikido, as graceful and dynamic as they can be, are only the outward manifestation of what is most importantly a real and direct way to improve the quality of our lives.
Understanding and developing Ki is a way of enhancing your natural strengths and abilities. As you begin to understand Ki principles, you will in turn develop creative and practical new ways to apply these principles to your daily life.
The Aikido dojo (meaning “place of the way”) provides a secure and friendly environment where we can begin to see and understand our fears, anxieties, reactions and habits. Aikido training is entirely non-competitive and fosters an attitude of support and cooperation.
The total concentration and discipline required during Aikido training brings discipline and focus to our daily life. Aikido challenges us to constantly improve our skills and to attempt new things. By successfully achieving these new skills, we gain confidence in our ability to maintain stability and poise in the everyday challenges of our lives.
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