Aikido is a Japanese martial art that centers on ethical conflict resolution. Founded by Ueshiba Morihei, Aikido employs sweeping circular movements, joint manipulation, pressure points, sweeps, and hip throws.
This unique self-defense system uses the force of an attack, gravity, weight distribution, and momentum to unbalance and subdue an attacker. By redirecting the energy of an attack, rather than opposing the force, Aikido's techniques peacefully neutralize aggression. Aikido is an effective collection of martial techniques; however, it also incorporates philosophies involving non-aggressive spirit and harmonious daily living.
Basic Aikido is designed to develop the foundational skills needed for participation in advanced practice. Safety is the first priority at the Aikido Mountain West dojo. Although there is always an inherent risk in learning martial arts, every effort is taken to prepare beginning students to apply and receive the techniques of Aikido safely.
Intermediate and advanced Aikido is faster-paced, more complicated and more dangerous. For this reason, students are expected to be committed to long term class participation. All of the information in a basics class is taught in the advanced class. The advanced Aikido class will explore more difficult techniques, variations of techniques, weapons systems, and randori, or multiple attacker practice.
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