Students learned four introductory moves in Aikido: grabs, locks, throws, and how to fall.
Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical strength, as the aikido practitioner leads the attacker’s momentum using entering and turning movements.
The techniques are completed with various throws or joint locks often referred to as joint manipulation. Since it does not require a person to be strong, this marital art is often practiced by women for self defense purposes.
Because this was only practice, all techniques were practiced very slowly and carefully.
Students enjoyed being lain flat by our special guests from aikido members from the local university.
Take a look at the slideshow below to see pictures from the event!