Adults of all ages enjoy the practice of Aikido. Many individuals in their 50's, 60's and 70’s have successfully trained in Aikido. A positive attitude is more important than physical ability. Classes are structured to allow students to practice in a way that is appropriate for their own level and abilities. Training is physically challenging, but not harmful.
Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack, rather than opposing it head-on. The aikido practitioner blends with and leads the attacker's momentum using entering and turning movements. The techniques are completed with various throws, joint-locks, pins or submission holds. The term “aiki” refers to the martial arts concept of blending with an attacker's movements with the purpose of controlling their actions with minimal effort, through the use of Ki power. Students will study defensive tactics against single and multiple opponents.
Training includes practice with meditation, body movement, posture, balance, rolling and falling. Advanced training includes practice with wooden weapons: Bokken (sword), Jo (staff) and Tanto (knife), randori/multiple opponent attacks, throwing techniques, and precision sets called Kata.