Aikido is a Japanese martial art for training body and mind through joint practice, and roughly translates to the way of harmonising energies. The origin of Aikido lies in the ancient art of sword fencing by the Samurai knights. In Aikido, an attack is not blocked, but redirected by means of flowing and seemingly effortless movements. This is achieved by blending in with the opposing action while staying calm and centred.
We practice Aikido in a dynamic, focused and respectful way in order to learn the Aikido techniques while internalising their underlying principles. There are no competitions in Aikido, and it is not about winning or losing, but about personal growth in cooperation with others.
After a warming-up, in which flexibility, posture, movement, falling and rolling are practised, we perform techniques with a partner, in turn taking on the role of the attacker or the role of the defender. We also practise on a regular basis by using wooden swords and sticks, which helps us figure out distances, lines and axes, while approaching the martial aspects of Aikido.