(Watch the short aikido documentary above or on YouTube.)

Aikido is a Japanese martial art that emphasises non-violent self-defence and self-development.

Aikido techniques involve blending with the movement of an attack in order to take control of the attacker’s balance and then either restrain or throw him/her. These techniques do not use brute strength, but instead rely on co-ordinated movement, sensitivity and timing.

Regular training teaches you to overcome fear and aggression, and promotes a calm, focused and centred frame of mind. Aikido builds confidence, fitness and flexibility, and gives an insight into traditional Japanese culture.

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