What Is Aikido?

Martial arts are a great way to explore awareness of one’s own mental, physical, and spiritual being. While there are many excellent options for martial arts training, one of the most enjoyable at any age is aikido. Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art form which focuses on throwing, joint locking, and pinning techniques. Originally founded in the early 1900s and based upon both armed and unarmed methods of fighting, it was also heavily influenced by meditative disciplines from India and China. Aikido centers on building physical and mental integrity while also encouraging self-discipline and genuine character development 

Principles of Aikido 

Aikido” literally translates to “the Way of unifying life energy.” With core techniques and philosophies involving harmony, awareness, and non-violence, its goal is to teach personal development and connection to oneself and others. Aikido has many benefits which compose this martial art’s basis, and the following are a few of the most important. 

Principles of Aikido

1. Self-Awareness

This core principle is often referred to as “keeping one point.” By staying in balance, both emotionally and physically, the power generated from the body can be sustained and maximized. Aikido specifically focuses on one’s center as the source of power rather than the arms or legs, which helps to ensure that energy is not lost. 

2. Redirection 

Aikido uses the attacker’s momentum against them in a variety of throws, pins, locks, and holds. Because this is not a strength-based art, both women and students of smaller stature can perform techniques with great effectiveness against larger, stronger attackers. 

3. Life Skills

Training in self-defense provides many lessons which adults and children can use in everyday life. In addition to physical fitness and mental stimulation, training in Aikido teaches patience, perseverance, situational awareness, and working effectively with others. In this way, Aikido becomes far more valuable than simply a workout or self-defense study. 

4. Community

People who participate in Aikido come from all walks of life. Whether they are teachers, lawyers, or construction workers, they all have one thing in common. They have a thirst for knowledge, a desire to excel, and a determination to succeed. These are exactly the people with whom we want to surround ourselves. With so much negativity in the world, Aikido offers students a positive, nurturing environment with like-minded people so that they can work on themselves. 

Who Can Participate in Aikido? 

One common concern with most martial arts is that they require prior experience. Fortunately, aikido is one that can be practiced by those of any age and any ability. We create a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment for anyone who wishes to participate. 

Children of all ages tend to enjoy aikido because it is fun and challenging. Kids generally start by practicing techniques one component at a time. They build strength, focus, and confidence while putting their bodies in motion and getting healthy exercise. Aikido is a great entry point for youths interested in any martial art, regardless of their past experience. Patient instructors will teach them not only techniques, but also how to apply important life lessons that further their personal growth. 

Adults often take part in aikido for a variety of reasons. Some love participating in order to build and maintain their fitness, while others wish to gain confidence in self-defense, if and when it’s needed. Aikido is also an effective method of stress relief at any age. Whether you’re an expert or beginner, we will work diligently to deliver a safe and memorable experience. 

We welcome anyone in Lincoln, Nebraska, and surrounding areas to join us today! Aikido of Nebraska proudly provides free trial classes for new students to give them a taste of what to expect. Take advantage of this great opportunity to learn confidence and discipline in a traditional aikido environment.

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4215 South 33rd Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68506


Mondays Closed
Tuesday- 5:30 p.m - 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday- 6:30p.m. - 7:30p.m.
Thursday- 5:30 p.m - 8:30 p.m.
Fridays Closed
Saturday- 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sundays Closed

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