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Iwama Shin Shin Aiki Shurenkai - Aikido in Edinburgh
21/2 Arthur Street, EH6 5DA Edinburgh, United Kingdom
BEGINNERS AIKIDO COURSE
WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY 19:00 — 20:15
LIMITED TO 15 PEOPLE
We are starting our new 6 week introductory course in the Japanese Martial Art of Aikido.
WHAT IS AIKIDO?
Aikido was founded by Morihei Ueshiba in Japan shortley after the end of WW2. Ueshiba is considered one of the world's foremost martial artists. After training classical styles, He received an exceptional level of spiritual awareness; he created Aikido, the art which maximises self-defence with minimal force.
Aikido is a synthesis of O'Sensei's martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as «the Way of unifying life energy», or as «the Way of harmonious spirit.» Ueshiba's goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while simultaneously protecting their attacker from injury. Ueshiba envisioned Aikido not only as the synthesis of his martial training, but also an expression of his personal philosophy of universal peace and reconciliation, an art which holds the concept of non-conflict, rather than the defeat of an adversary, as the ideal.
Aikido training is mental as well as physical, emphasizing the ability to ultimately relax the mind and body under the pressure of confrontational circumstances. This is necessary to enable the practitioner to perform the bold enter-and-blend movements that underlie Aikido techniques, wherein an attack is met with confidence and directness.
The goal of Aikido is to blend and redirect the momentum of your opponent in order to neutralize the attack, regardless of the size of the assailant. The essence of Aikido is the unbalancing of your partner which is achieved through the precise use of leverage, inertia, gravity, centrifugal and centripetal forces which ultimately defuses and counters the energy of an attack. The techniques themselves are not dependent on strength or agility in order to be effective, which makes this art conducive for men and women of all ages.
Aikido is not only taijutsu (open hand techniques), but is complimented with the art of Aiki-Ken (wooden sword) and Aiki-Jo (wooden staff). In practicing with the Ken and Jo, it clarifies aspects of Aikido that are often more difficult to perceive while practicing Taijutsu. Buki waza (weapons techniques) emphasizes the principle of extension, centering and focus. The founder developed much of the Taijutsu from traditional sword movements.
ABOUT THE COURSE:
The 6 week course is split into 2 weekly classes
Wednesday & Friday 19:00 to 20:15
Cost £50 payable on Wednesday January 9th 2019
The North Merchiston Club,
48 Watson Cresent, Edinburgh EH11 1EP
WHAT TO WEAR:
In Aikido we generally wear what is called a GI and we will help with anyone who wishes to buy one during or after the initial course.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
UKEMI\SAFE FALLING, BASIC STRIKING, BALANCE TAKING AND CONTROL OF ATTACKERS, JOINT LOCKS, THROWS AND TRADITIONAL JAPANESE WEAPONS — BOKKEN (WOODEN SWORD), JO (STAFF) TRAINING.
HOW DO I JOIN?
CONTACT ME TO BOOK A PLACE
CLASSES ARE FOR ANYONE OVER 15 YEARS OLD
NO PREVIOUS MARTIAL ARTS EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
FOR MORE INFO CALL STEFF ON 07415885023
Im going to limit the number of places for the course to 15 people due to the size of the hall we use at The North Merchiston Club.
If you want to guarantee a place on the start date, january 9th you can pay a deposit of £25 with the other half being paid on Janusry 9th. Please PM me to book a place
Places may still be availble on January 9th but I cant guarantee this.
I will keep the availability updated on this page.
The course will be 6 weeks long and run twice a week which is 12 classes
Its not compulsory to attend all 12 classes but its recommened as you are paying for them.
Anyone who would like a training suit (GI) for either the first day or antime during the course can either ask me to help or just buy one online themselves. Cost is usually between £35-£45 depending on quality
No one is expected to buy a GI on day one of the course, only once the course is finished is a GI required for general classes.
The first class will be longer and run from 19:00 to 20:45 so we get a chance to talk about the course and answer questions as well.
If you have ANY other questions please get in touch