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Creation Date: 08-29-2009 05:57 AM
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  #31 New 09-29-2015 05:21 PM
3 quick ideas about how aikido training can enhance your fitness regimen.

Your fitness regimen can be enhanced by aikido training. Imagine become safer, more flexible in body and mind and having tons of fun.
Aikido is a Japanese martial art that was developed in the last century by Morihei Ueshiba. Often called the art of peace or the way of harmony with ki, Aikido training will affect your life in many ways but I will start with a quick 3.

Often overlooked in Aikido is the self-defense aspect because until you have trained for at least 3 or 4 years the techniques can seem ineffective. On the contrary, the philosophy of least possible harm and an unlimited set of responses is a great place to start your safety practice.
Aikido emphasizes timing, body and space awareness, along with measuring our responses to stimuli and being in the now.
Just by embracing these ideas a beginner has come a thousand steps into the fascinating journey of aikido and of increased safety in this crazy world we live in. As your training makes your technique's more effective, the awareness you develops is concrete. You will notice the world all the time. Once you make a decision to be in the now you will constantly be called back to it through your training.

Aikido is fun. Yes, it is. The exercise can be moderate or intense. Easily modified for each individual's fitness level and physical limitations, aikido can also be adapted for age and gender. The shared renewal of ki energy is invigorating and mood lifting. Most everyone leaves most every class sweaty and smiling.
Aikido training helps students to develop flexibility of both mind and body. Asking your body to move in unfamiliar ways helps to develop new responses to old habits. The repetition of moving with a partner provides opportunities to see what happens in a controlled environment. Technique is practiced in a taught sequence so both uke and nage can learn the roles that are expected of them. This is like learning an alphabet for the body with which a beautiful story can be written as people continue to train together. Aikido training provides the opportunity for a quick pause and a measured response to each situation that occurs in our lives.

Aikido training is fun, let's you develop flexibility of mind and body and helps you feels safer.
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