Rising Sun Aikido
Traditional Ueshiba style Aikido self defence club
Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset, England
Aikido is effective for all physical builds and ages as it uses the mechanics of the body to control an opponent, not physical strength. If you can lift a bag of sugar you can do Aikido.
Aikido is a very refined martial art this is highly aerobic in nature. Whatever the reason behind your practise; self-defence, keep-fit, to get away from the TV or just to meet new friends, one thing that you can be sure of is that it will change as you increase your knowledge and skill.
Aikido classes usually start with a traditional warm-up and breathing exercises, which loosens the body and intends to set you in the correct frame of mind for practice. These are followed by exercises and techniques that, while are useful in their own right, are designed to promote the development of Aikido. Classes are concluded with a warm-down.
After your first lesson, you will probably be embarrassed by the clumsiness of your own movements and confused by what seems to be a complicated martial art. With practice these insecurities will soon disappear.
Do not expect to be able to use aikido to defend yourself after two or three lessons; it requires months of practice. Instead of thinking self-defence, think of Aikido as a way of physical and mental development.
Regular grading sessions are held in order to promote the development of Aikido, however these are not compulsory and are entirely up to the individual.
The Rising Sun Aikido practises traditional Ueshiba style Aikido