Aiki is the principle of confluence and unification.
It is that principle of effortless flow when all the elements come together and give birth to something that really inspires.
In any activity be it sport, dance, drama, business, martial arts or politics, there can be moments where one, through their total absorption in that activity, stumbles into moments of excellence where an effortless quality manifests that moves the situation to a new level. Many people experience Aiki at times but find it hard to explain what happened as they may not have the reference points to that experience. A tennis player due to their long training may suddenly play the game of their life, leaving them amazed and inspired. Similarly a surfer may effortlessly ride an amazing wave, or someone giving a speech may find the words come from somewhere else. Usually this experience occurs to someone in their chosen activity and their practices. They often don’t know how to translate that experiences into other areas of their life.
Michael Jackson often said that when he was on stage singing and dancing he felt at one with himself. Aiki is this – this oneness with yourself – however understanding and training in Aiki gives you the ability to gradually bring forth this experience consciously. Anywhere, anytime. Rather than occasionally falling into that state by accident and only in one area of our life, all Aiki training and Aiki arts become ways of practice with the technique being secondary to the understanding and development of Aiki.
How can Aikido benefit me?
There are many and varied benefits of doing Aikido. On the physical level, one’s fitness, health and flexibility improves. Mentally one develops deeper levels of calmness and relaxation so the ability to comfortably deal with stress and challenge improves. The ability to stay centered, grounded and positive amidst attack increases so that unbalanced situation can be guided back to harmony and balance.
Energy levels increase so that one can give more of one’s self to the areas of one’s life you wish to express more.
On a practical self-defense level you develop the ability to comfortably and enjoyably deal with multiple attackers as you train to develop “the State of Flow” that Aikido brings out. This in the zone state then can be applied to daily life – leading to living a full, wonderful and adventurous life.
How fit do I need to be to do Aikido?
Any level of fitness and suppleness is fine. Even if you have done no exercise for sometime its ok. Aikido works gently and non forcefully and supports everyone in working at their own pace. Gradually you feel your fitness and flexibility improve.
Can I come for a trial class?
Most certainly. Come and have a free class to see if you enjoy the training and if you wish to continue. There is no obligation.