Aikido is a Japanese martial art created by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). Aikido blends the motion of the attacker and redirects the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. O Sensei’s goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury. Aikido requires very little physical strength, as the aikidoka "leads" the attacker's momentum using entering and turning movements. The techniques are completed with various throws or joint locks.
This introductory class will meet for four one-hour sessions. Each session will explore one of four concepts: grounding, extension, blending, or leading. The sessions will also introduce basic aikido techniques.
Note: No special equipment is required. Students should wear loose clothes in which they can move freely such as sweatpants and shirts.