Looking to Take-Up a Martial Art? Consider Aikido
If you're looking to take-up a martial art, the Tampa Bay area offers a wide variety of types and styles to choose from. So, if you're doing some research, please give Aikido a look...we're certain you'll like what you see.
Aikido isn't as prolific as some other arts in Tampa. But, that's not to say its not extremely popular in the US, nor that it's any less effective than...say...Judo, or MMA, or Krav Maga. It's just different. That said, it's also not for everyone.
Aikido - often translated as "the way of the harmonious spirit" or "the way of peace" - is a Japanese martial art performed by blending with the motion of your attacker and redirecting the force of the attack. There are no doctrinal blocks, punches, kicks or leg sweeps. Most techniques involve a throw or takedown executed by manipulating momentum, locking joints or exploiting pressure points. Because no Aikido techniques involve force-on-force conflict, training requires less upper body strength and hand/limb conditioning than other arts.
That's not to say Aikido isn't great for fitness. Physical training for Aikido focuses on core body strength, controlled relaxation, flexibility, foot speed, coordination and endurance. In Aikido, pushing or extending movements are much more common than pulling or contracting movements, using the muscles in the lower body and abdomen more than the shoulders, arms and chest. In this way, Aikido has similar health and fitness benefits to Yoga, Tai-Chi, Nia or pilates.
Aikido training is mental as well as physical, emphasizing the ability to relax the mind and body even under a dangerous or stressful situation. This is necessary for the practitioner to perform many of the enter-and-blend movements frequently found in Aikido.
Like the sound of Aikido? Well, your next step would be to come down and pay us a visit to experience Aikido firsthand. Get directions and hours here.
And, if Aikido doesn't sound like it's right for you, we also host a variety of other arts here at the dojo. Follow the buttons below to learn about our other programs.
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