Aikido is a martial art that teaches you to defend yourself against an opponent of any size and strength through the use of smooth, fluid, circular movements.
It emphasizes blending with and redirecting an opponent’s force rather than meeting it head on. Students learn how to resolve conflict of any kind in a non-destructive, effective manner. Aikido incorporates a comprehensive system of throws, joint locks, pins and pressure points. Weapons’ training is incorporated to demonstrate specific principles. Lessons go beyond merely learning self-defense and physical fitness; students also develop character qualities and values such as self-confidence, discipline and a greater sense of care and concern for oneself and others.