Riai Aikido is an art that teaches you, through the unification of body and mind, the skills to defend yourself in a non-violent and highly effective way. You will learn how to evade an attacker and calmly synchronise with and re-direct their energy so that it is harmlessly dissipated.
During training, partners work out in harmony with other, learning when and how to yield, how to lead and guide another person’s movement and how to neutralise an opponent through non- resistive techniques. The movements of Aikido emphasize a flowing flexibility and the maintaining of stable balance. The aim of the Aikidoist is to be in complete control of their mind and body, to maintain a calm, alert posture. The continuous and flexible motion which originates at the waist is like the performing of a dance, a graceful circular motion.
Aikido is a Japanese martial art founded by Master Morihei Ueshiba (1883 – 1969). The founder, whom we refer to as “O’Sensei” (Great Teacher), was a powerful man who mastered many traditional fighting arts before developing Aikido. He said “Aikido is not a technique to fight with or to defeat the enemy. It is a way to reconcile the world and make human beings one family”.
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