Aikido: Achieve Victory over the Self

Aikido is a relatively modern Japanese martial art that follows an interesting and alternative philosophy to other disciplines. It teaches its practitioners to defend themselves whilst also protecting their attackers from injury. Also known as “the way of harmonious spirit”, this martial art teaches how to use an attacker’s momentum against himself, allowing a smaller person to overcome a larger one. Aikido techniques include both strikes and grabs as well as throws, pins and joint locks.

“It’s reassuring to know that the weak can overcome the strong and that you don’t need all this muscle to defend yourself.”
Moataz Ryad, Aikido Coach

This martial art is quite special as it teaches patience, focus and confidence. The aim here isn’t to hurt your enemy but to use his own attacks against himself without causing injury. It teaches an important message about selecting your fights and not hurting others, a methodology which can be applied both on and off the mats. Aikido is not just a martial art, it is an entire philosophy.

The Benefits of Aikido

Patience
In our ever busier and more stressful routines, Aikido teaches us how to have patience and take things slow: not everything needs to be done fast and aggressively.

Self-confidence
Aikido enables a smaller person to subdue a larger attacker. This increases self-esteem and confidence that no challenge is insurmountable.

Harmony
This martial art teaches its practitioners how to find a synergy between body, mind and spirit. Once that’s done, your entire life will be more harmonious.

Aikido Class Requirements

What you need to bring
  • Patience
  • Focus to learn
  • Equipment: Aikidogi, hakama, belt
  • An open heart and mind to understand Aikido’s philosophy

What's in it for me?

Why should I start this discipline?

Reasons to start Aikido

It’s a way of learning to control body and mind, finding peace in both. This is a great self defence discipline that carries a unique philosophy that can be applied in all aspects of life outside of the mats. A recommended class for smaller or lighter individuals who want to learn how to defend themselves against anyone.

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Moataz Ryad
Moataz RyadAikido Coach
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