Aikido is a Japanese martial art for training body and mind through joint practice.
It is often translated as the way of unifying life energies. Its origin lies in the ancient art of sword fencing by the Samurai knights.
In Aikido, an attack is not blocked but redirected by flowing and seemingly effortless movements. This is achieved by entering and blending with the opposing action while remaining calm and centred.
We practice Aikido in a dynamic, focused and respectful way. There are no competitions in Aikido, and it is not about winning or losing, but about personal growth in contact with others.
After warming up including safely falling and rolling, we perform Aikido techniques together with a partner, alternately assuming the roles of an attacker and a defender, while internalising the underlying principles of Aikido.
We regurlarly use wooden swords and sticks to improve our understanding of the dynamics of Aikido.