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Aikido Center of Jacksonville

What is Aikido?

Buck Pittman

Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art. The techniques in Aikido are derived from an ancient form of jujutsu, as well as the sword, staff and spear. The “do” in Aikido signifies the art is also concerned with personal development. More than a collection of martial techniques, Aikido is budo, or a path to enlightenment.

Aikido is known for its fluid and graceful form. Applied correctly, the techniques in Aikido do not cause injury—attackers are controlled with a minimum of physical damage. For this reason, Aikido can be safely used in a variety of settings. Police departments, for example, often incorporate Aikido techniques into their curriculum.

What to Expect in Class

In general, Aikido training takes place with a partner. It is as dynamic and energetic as the student wishes. Aikido is, however, a non-competitive martial art. The goal is not to “win”, but to resolve conflict quickly and safely.

Aikido also has a diverse weapons curriculum. Students train with the sword, staff, and knife, both alone and with partners. Advanced training includes practice against multiple attackers.

Ultimately, Aikido aims to resolve all conflict peacefully. It is the practical application of non-violence in a sometimes violent world.

Benefits of Aikido

Aikido is an excellent choice to improve your physical and cardiovascular health. Regular training will strengthen your core abdominal muscles, and help develop good balance.

In addition to physical fitness, Aikido can also improve your mental outlook. Aikido aims to cultivate a calm and meditative demeanor, especially in times of stress. Your focus and concentration will improve.

Of course, Aikido is also a devastating martial art. It is a proven form of self-defense intended to decisively end conflicts. Aikido, however, is not limited to just physical conflict. Its principles can be used in any setting or environment, including verbal aggression.

For children, Aikido instills self-discipline and confidence. Our students learn to respect themselves and others, both at home and in school.