Benefits of Practicing Aikido

Physical Benefits

The nature of Aikido is that ir requires the body to move in all directions using both arms and legs. In most cases, as an individual continues to practice, coordination improves, the movements become quicker and training and as a whole more vigorous. One can easily get ample exercise is a relatively short period of time. In addition, the Yoga-like stretching exercises tone all major muscle groups, joints and ligaments as well as stimulating the circulatory system and relaxing the body. The physical benefits, as with all other aspects of the art, increase dramatically as practice continues.

Spiritual Training

Aikido instructors recognize that a mature mind and calm spirit are the prime essentials in any violent situation. This form of self defense training soon generalizes to daily living. Aikido will foster the traits of courage, courtesy, integrity, humility and self-control in those who have found the essence. It should be noted, however, that training in any martial art is expected to be for more than a year before any real spiritual benefit is accomplished. An insight into this art, a mastery of its’ techniques, a polishing of the virtues of courage, courtesy, integrity, humility and self control to make then the inner light to guide one’s daily actions; these require possibly ten or twenty years, or is possibly a lifetime’s devotion to the study of this art. For your Aikido instructor training is a way of life- not a sport- and most certainly a means to balance the physical, mental and spiritual into one.

About Aikido Practice

Aikido has no contests. It is based on mutual respect, cooperation and friendship. Its philosophy, ideals and ethics are inseparable from actual Aikido training. Aikido develops an overall awareness and skill that allows the choice of a wide range of appropriate responses. It helps develop a strong yet supple, relaxed body as well as a calm clear mind. At its highest level, Aikido is a welcome alternative to violence.