Physical and mental health
Aikido provides varied physical training where you develop strength, mobility and endurance. The training activates the whole body in free, natural movements, and helps prevent against some of the adverse health effects of a modern lifestyle. By practicing falling techniques and following your partner’s movements, you will learn to take care of yourself and avoid injuries. Techniques and exercises are adapted to your own physical condition, so it is possible to find challenges regardless of experience and background.
Breathing and mobility
In aikido, there is great focus on breathing and mobility, and many will recognise principles from yoga, chi kung and pilates. Deep and calm breathing helps you stress down and stay focused, and increased oxygen levels in the blood prepare the body for high-intensity training. There is also focus on strengthening the core muscles which, together with mobility training, contributes to relaxation, better posture and injury prevention. In addition, you will train balance and motor skills, which lay the foundation for good technique, coordination and bodily awareness.
Self-defence and conflict resolution
Many want to learn self-defence or to be able to face conflicts and challenges with integrity, calmness and dignity. Aikido has its background in real combat and contains effective techniques that can clearly be used to avoid or neutralise conflicts and dangerous situations. It is therefore not uncommon for security personnel and others who need to deal with aggressive people to practice techniques found in Aikido, in order to be able to neutralise without causing harm. However, Aikido takes time to master and should not be confused with a course in self-defence or conflict resolution. For most of us, communicating well with others, or finding inner strength in demanding circumstances, is more relevant than a physical situation.
Self-development and inner strength
Many people see aikido as a method of self-development that can have an impact in other areas of their life. The training is inextricably linked to the basic goals of achieving harmony between body, mind and soul – and thus overcoming destructive forces in themselves. Aikido requires a presence and a focus that gives you a break from everyday worries. Committing to regular training will exercise willpower, self-confidence and mental endurance. Working on oneself is a prerequisite for learning, and in Aikido there is always more to learn at every level. In this way, Aikido can promote growth and understanding among people and in their surroundings.
Friendship and unity
Doing something active with other people, without the pressure to achieve, is also something many people appreciate. Aikido is social, playful and characterised by cooperation rather than competition. Aiki – harmonisation of energy– happens when you meet others with respect, sincerity and understanding. We seek to take care of each other both on and off the mat. Many people experience the international Aikido community as a portal to friendship. Thanks to Aikido’s core values and etiquette, you can travel and participate in training anywhere in the world.