SPORTS + REC
Aikido Introductory Courses
July 9 - August 1, 2012
Two introductory courses in Aikido, one for ages 6-14, and one for those 15 and older, will be provided by Aikido of Homewood July 9 to August 1, at the Homewood Dance Foundation.
Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art with deep roots in Samurai tradition. On first seeing the art, many people are surprised at how dance-like it looks. There are several reasons for this, but the most important is that Aikido, like dance, involves blending with someone else's movement and energy. In Aikido the purpose of this blend is to use the attacker's force and intent as a means to deflect, unbalance, subdue, or restrain him or her.
Though Aikido is an effective martial art for self defense, it encourages mercy rather than revenge. Because Aikido traning is cooperative and not competitive, the benefits of studying Aikido are also psychological. The student's goal is not to "win" but to practice, imporve, and to help others improve. By moving in harmony with their partner, students learn a safe and positive way of approaching both physical and emotional conflicts.