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Aikido is appreciated by many for the subtlety and sophistication of its self-defence techniques which, on the physical level, are expressed through circularity and spirals to unbalance and control an aggressor.  Muscle strength plays a minimal role in the generation of Aikido techniques making it accessible to people of all ages and both sexes:

” The technique is strong so you don’t have to be. “

Through safe, steady, and graduated exposure to pressure during martial practice, Aikido takes us on a journey of personal self-development. This journey involves a mental and physical shift from fearful, defensive postures, to a state of being open, calm, and relaxed when confronted by conflict and aggression. The attributes we acquire in the dojo extend into daily living, allowing us greater flexibility and freedom of choice in our responses and decision making under pressure – which is when they are most critical.

Classes

Classes are adult (18+) and we welcome both beginners and all other Aikido styles and grades. 

Training is every Wednesday 7:30pm until 9pm.  

First class is free and thereafter £4:00 per class

Wear loose fitting joggers and long sleeved sweat top

Training takes place on firm matting and no footwear and/or jewellery is worn 

Venue: Morecambe Parish Church War Memorial Hall  LA4 5PR (ample parking)

Instructor fully insured

For further Information please contact Dave at   aikidomorecambe@yahoo.com

Weapons training with the wooden sword (bokken), wooden staff (jo), and wooden knife (tanken) are an integral part of Aikido training. It is also from the use of these weapons in ancient Japan that Aikido’s ’empty handed’ techniques (Taijutsu), emerged. Thus to optimise our martial ability, weapons training (bukiwaza) and ’empty handed’ training (taijutsu) both feed and reinforce each other.  As such our Aikido class dedicates equal time to both, with weapons training covered in the first half, followed by Taijutsu in the second. 

The following general areas are taught from basic to advanced levels.

Weapons suburi, kata, and paired practice

Defence against armed attackers

Defence against multiple attackers

The application of joint locks, pins, throws and strikes

Ukemi – safety/defensive body positioning, break falls, receiving attacks

Relaxation and Mind/Body awareness