Because Aikido does not require physical strength or aggressive spirit, people of all ages and sizes can practise it equally.
Based on full and natural body movement, Aikido exercises the whole body. It teaches and develops flexibility, co-ordination, balance and quick reaction.
Aikido can also be used as a practical method of self-defence in real life situations.
is a Japanese Martial Art whose origins trace back to the 12th Century, but who's concepts were formulated in the 1920's by Morihei Ueshiba (1883 -1969).
One interpretation of the name Aikido is "The Way of Harmony of Spirit" and as such, is a powerful martial art that is non confrontational and does not seek to meet violence with violence. Generally based on spherical movements it allows an attacker's own aggressive force to be used against them.
The main forms of Aikido techniques are joint immobilisation and throws using the opponent's own momentum. Occasionally Practices with Bokken and Jo (wooden training weapons) serve to assist in the understanding Aikido techniques and their development.