Aikido - Beginner's Course

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Course description

Learn Aikido in Sydney. Martial Arts Aikido class in Sydney.

Aikido is a dynamic martial art that conditions students to survive an encounter against one or multiple attackers. Students learn how to defend against an attacks by understanding how to manipulate the balance of an opponent through throws, joint locks and joint manipulation. Training is performed in a mutually beneficial way where all students assist each other in learning and understanding the art.

Aikido is a highly adaptable martial art that can be practised regardless of age, gender or body size. All students, whether new to martial arts or experienced in another form are welcome. Bokken (sword) and Jo (staff) are also taught as per the Founder’s original teachings.

Aikido Australia was established by Saburo Takayasu Sensei (7th Dan) in 1974 to support and promote the teachings of Aikido from the Founder’s own dojo. We are offering a 6 week course aimed at introducing Aikido principles to new students. The course will ease participants into exercises designed to strengthen the body and improve co-ordination.

Classes will be led by Bernard Seow (2nd Dan) who has 13 years of experience in Aikido and is currently teaching Tuesday evening classes at Aikido Australia.

Course content

Week 1:

  • Standing and moving in Aikido stance (Hanmi)
  • Understanding distancing and simulating an attack via a one-hand grip to the wrist (Katate dori)
  • Basic Blending Practise to avoid an attack (Tai no Henko)
  • Taking falls without injury (Ukemi)
  • Pinning Technique (Shomen Uchi Ikkyo Omote & Ura)

Week 2:

  • Pinning Technique (Shomen Uchi Nikkyo Omote & Ura)
  • Breath throw from a 1 handed grip (Katate Dori Kokyu Nage)
  • Forward rolls (Ukemi)
  • Breath throw into arm bar (Kokyu Nage)

Week 3:

  • Pinning Technique (Shomen Uchi Sankyo Omote & Ura)
  • Avoiding a straight punch
  • Avoiding a straight knife attack (Kote Gaeshi from Mune Dori)
  • Entering throw (Irimi Nage)

Week 4:

  • Pinning Techniques combined (Nikkyo Ura to Sankyo Omote)
  • Breath throw from a 2 handed grip (Morote Dori Kokyu Nage – Omote/Ura)
  • Variations of a Breath throw from a 1 handed grip (Katate Dori Kokyu Nage)

Week 5:

  • Basic sword techniques (Ichi no tachi)
  • 4 directional cuts (Shiho Giri)
  • 4 directional throw (Shiho Nage)

Week 6:

  • Backwards stepping
  • Sword cuts stepping back
  • Basic jo (staff) techniques (Jo Suburi 1-3)
  • Avoiding an overhead knife attack (Gokkyo from Yokomen Uchi)
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course it is intended that the student will have:

  • gained an understanding of the basic Aikido principles
  • improved fitness and developed a sense of well-being
  • improved full body co-ordination and spatial awareness
  • gained better posture and body alignment

Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for exersice. Not shorts.

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