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Aikido: The art of harmony 

Aikido is a Japanese martial art based on the principles of harmony. It is unique among the martial arts as it teaches a non-violent, civilised form of self defence that does not damage or injure the attacker. Through practice of the art people become calm, centred and self assured.


How does it work?

We usually resist aggressive behaviour. For example, when someone pushes us we instinctively push back in fear or anger. Our reaction of resistance causes a fight.
 
ConflictConflicting forces: The cause of a 'fight'.
Blending The Aikido Way
 
If instead we remain centred, and move with the push, we avoid a “fight”. This concept of non-resistance embodies the lessons of Aikido and provides us with an entirely new was of dealing with our environment.

How does it benefit children?

Personality is reflected in body posture; Some children are naturally timid or aggressive and this is visible in the way they carry themselves. Often this leads to difficulties interacting with other people and dealing with life's challenges. Through Aikido practice, children will discover a balance which will promote positive relationships with others and a resilient attitude to life. 
 
By starting at a young age, your child will benefit from a very different way of dealing with life. Changes take place in the physical condition, mental alertness and the emotional constitution of the child. When aikido lessons are mastered, a child has a peaceful and positive outlook, even when faced with physical, mental and emotional challenges. By practising in a traditional Japanese dojo which uses a system of etiquette that dates back to samurai times, children also learn how to interact in a respectful and dignified way with other people. 

What is the environment like? 

It is a safe environment where holistic education is practised and lessons learnt are applied. It is an environment where children are challenged and integrity and respect is of great importance.

Unlike most martial arts and sports, there are no competitions or tournaments. The emphasis is on self development and helping one another grow and overcome our challenges through shared practice and effort.

 

 


How do parents help? 

 
While not all parents participate in Aikido practice themselves, all are considered important members of the dojo; involving themselves in events and the ongoing activities of the school.
 
Parental participation is learning about and understanding the messages of aikido practice to help your child make positive changes to their life. Martial arts practice in Japan is considered of great importance in the formation of a child's body and character – with great emphasis being placed on learning to respect others and ones environment. Don't be surprised if you find yourself embarking on the aikido journey! What is the next step? 
 
Watch a class with your child Come in and get a feel for the school. You don't need to know anything about martial arts to recognise a good learning environment. We welcome you and your child to watch any of the scheduled classes. Please fill out the contact form below and we will call you to arrange a time to visit. Please ensure you arrive a little before the class so we can get the opportunity to meet you and your child personally.

A person is at their best when balanced by all aspects of their personality.