AIKIDO – isn’t that some sort of Martial Art thing - but what is it? The principle of Aikido can be explained as meeting an attacker on their own terms, rather than aggressively opposing them, while at the same time not losing one’s own physical or mental equilibrium. The attacker is either immobilised through locks or thrown to a safe distance. Although the techniques can be very effective and powerful, and include some joint locks, they are designed to work through breaking the balance of the partner, rather than damaging their body.
Aikido focuses not on punching or kicking opponents, but rather on using their own energy to gain control of them or to throw them away from you. It is not a static art, but places great emphasis on motion and the dynamics of movement. Unlike some martial arts, Aikido is not a tough ‘macho’ sport. We laugh and have fun in a friendly environment while learning how to look after ourselves. To the spectator – it looks a lot like dancing!
With the principles of relaxation and the use of spherical movement instead of physical force, Aikido does not demand great physical strength or fitness. However, the natural movements of Aikido lead to a flexible and healthy body, and many people experience a pleasant feeling of well-being during and after classes. Training is conducted in a cooperative, rather than competitive, manner, and injuries are rare. There are no tournaments in Aikido, and it is suitable for people of all ages and constitutions.
One of the most important things you will learn is how to fall over safely! It is more likely that you will fall over than be attacked ‘on the street’, so this is the first thing you will learn. Because of its gentleness, there is no upper age limit for Aikido! For the student’s peace of mind, all instructors are fully insured, and have up to date First Aid training. They also hold recognized Coaching certification from the British Aikido Board, and are subject to regular Criminal Records Bureau checks.
This is the official home of Solent/Salisbury Ki Aikido Club. Please feel free to look around! If you’re interested in joining, or just coming along to have a look, all of our details are on the Contact Us page.
Anyone can join our Club, male or female, young (over 14) or old! You'll be welcomed into a warm, friendly and safe club.
Please let us know by either emailing us or phoning us on one of the contact numbers before coming along. We'll advise you on what to wear and what to expect. Although the movements look very dynamic we start off slowly and progress to some of the more advanced techniques that you'll see in some of the pictures on the website.