Yoshinkai ACT

I am new to martial arts. What are the differences between the martial arts?

Posted on Sep 25, 2017

Martial arts can be broadly grouped into the following: – grappling and/or throwing arts (e.g. aikido, jujitsu, judo) – kicking, punching and striking arts (e.g. karate, taekwondo, boxing) Martial arts can also be grouped into: – “soft” or internal arts (e.g. aikido, tai chi) – “hard” or external arts (e.g. karate, taekwondo) Philosophically, a...

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Can anyone start aikido?

Posted on Sep 24, 2017

Yes! That is the great thing about Yoshinkan Aikido. Anyone, irrespective of age or background can train. We do not rely on body strength or size, but emphasize movement, balance and timing. Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of modern aikido, and Gozo Shioda, one of his students and the founder of Yoshinkan Aikido, were both men of small stature yet were masters of the art. Shioda Sensei (teacher)...

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Is there competition in Yoshinkan Aikido?

Posted on Sep 22, 2017

In our style of aikido we stress cooperation and blending with our partner’s movements, physically and mentally. There is no competition, no winners and no losers. (See Dojo Etiquette – the relationship between Shite and Uke. Shite does the technique while Uke receives the technique). Share...

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Can I learn aikido for self-defence?

Posted on Sep 20, 2017

Yes. Aikido is first and foremost a martial art. Aikido is famous as being a defensive based art, but that does not lessen the effectiveness of its techniques. In Yoshinkan Aikido there are hundreds of different techniques applied in various situations. We learn how to react differently depending on the attack. Strikes, counter strikes, locks and throws are all part of the regular curriculum....

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Are weapons taught?

Posted on Sep 19, 2017

Yes, but not to beginners. Weapons such as knife, staff and sword play a part in aikido, but we emphasise open handed aikido first. As you continue you will be exposed to more weapons and taught how to handle them and defend against them. Share...

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