|Martial arts demo and Self-Defense class.
||[May. 10th, 2006|09:58 pm]
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My Aikido dojo is doing a demo at 10 am on Sunday at the Whole Earth Festival in the Experimental Space along with a self-defense class directly after. The demo should last about 15 to 20 minutes and the self-defense class will be a hour.
The demo will be fun to watch, displaying basic Aikido techniques along with a weapons section using baseball bats (No, we do not use baseball bats in actual Aikido practice, just wooden staffs and swords).
" Aikido is a non-competitive martial art that promotes non-violent resolution of conflict. The movements have low impact, are graceful and circular and are executed from a strong, balanced center. Aikido practice requires rigorous mental discipline and strict adherence to a code of etiquette. Besides enhancing self-defense skills, regular training increases stamina, health, mental focus and inner peace. Any one with average mobility, irrespective of sex, age and religion, can practice Aikido and derive benefits.
Aikido was founded in Japan in the early 1920s by Morihei Uyeshiba. The Founder was a famous martial artist well versed in hand-to-hand combat and weaponry who sought spiritual enlightenment through practices that tuned him into the Universal Energy. He achieved his quest and created Aikido as a way to reconcile the world. His closest disciple of 23 years, Morihiro Saito Sensei, passed on his teachings for the world to benefit."