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Aikido is Cool

October 18th, 2013 · No Comments

Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido.

Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido.

I practice several martial arts, including Karate, Hapkido, Kempo, Silat and Kali. I must admit that I’ve always dismissed Aikido as being more of a dance than a martial art. I never considered it to be a realistic self-defense style. Okay, I even made fun of it from time to time.

Recently, however, I found myself with Saturdays free. There’s an Aikido school in my hometown and I’ve heard good things about it, and they have Saturday classes. So I decided to try it out.

Maybe it’s the highly skilled instructor, or maybe it’s the fast pace of the classes, or maybe it’s the dedicated and friendly students – or maybe all the above have combined to produce a learning experience that is absolutely amazing. I get a tremendous workout, I find the techniques to be challenging and fun, and I recognize the sound self-defense principles at the heart of it.

The stick and sword techniques are unfamiliar to me, but I appreciate the precision these techniques require.

In conclusion: Aikido – at least as it is practiced at this school – is cool.

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