About aikido

Aikido in Sydney is a safe and friendly environment in which women and men of all ages get together to practise the skills of peaceful coexistence through training in the warrior arts of Japan: awareness, respect, sensitivity, self-confidence, stability, internal power, striking, throwing, pinning and joint-breaking.

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Aikido is a highly refined martial art, developed last century as a means of self-defence and spiritual training. Aikido develops coordination of mind and body. Through its philosophy and techniques, aikido brings us into harmony with our environment, other people and ourselves. Unlike many martial arts, aikido requires no advantage in strength or speed, and is practised successfully by people of all ages and abilities. Aikido practice develops flexibility, coordination, concentration, improved health and fitness, effective communication skills and self-esteem.

Central to aikido is the idea of being in harmony with your opponents, rather than in conflict with them. The movement and energy of an attack is redirected without the need for collision or the use of force. The physical practice of this fundamental principle of aikido leads to a better understanding of people and nature, while teaching essential skills for the resolution of conflict. The movements of aikido are circular and flowing. They are designed on the principles of nature and move in circles and spirals. When aikido is performed well there is great beauty and composure in the movements of both partners.

Aikido is a Japanese budō (martial path) practised by women and men, both old and young.