Aikido is a Japanese art of self defence.It is non-competitive and relies on the principle of neutralising an attack. It is suitable for all ages and for men and women.
Aikido is one of the most effective forms of self-defence taught today. This is partially because Aikido has no set rules and so can be practised in a realistic way against any kind of attack, armed or unarmed.
It is also largely up to the student to decide how they wish to practise; as a system of self-defence; a means of gaining confidence; to keep fit; or on a deeper level, as a budo.
Simply speaking, Aikido is an art of self-defence working by redirecting and neutralising aggressive energy in a circular and harmonious manner rather than confronting it directly such as by using punches or kicks.
Using aikido a practitioner can defend himself without injuring his attacker. Aikido uses the taking of an opponent’s balance, wristlocks, arm pins and so on to neutralise the attack.