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Aikido the healthier martial art

Does this sound familiar? “I went to the BJJ place down the street and got my shoulder ripped apart. I really wanted to practice a martial art but I can’t get hurt like that.” You can substitute any number of competitive or combat arts names, but this is a story I hear often colored in many forms. This makes entering a dojo for Aikido a scary thing for many. I recently had a student come to us with just such a story. After watching a class his only question was “How do I sign up?”

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Benefits of Aikido

There are obvious physical benefits to training.

  • Increase in aerobic conditioning
  • Greater Flexibilty
  • Tones Muscle
  • Better Balance
  • Quickening of reaction

There are other benefits that are a bit more subtle and take time to develop.  Increasingly we are seeing the benefits of bringing mindfulness training into our lives.  Aikido, often called a "moving meditation," is a great way to bring mindfulness into your life.  While practitioners of martial and meditative disciplines have long noted the aspects of calm awareness that comes with training only in recent times have studies been done that are beginning to recognize the mental, emotional, and physical health benefits of this type of training.  Watch this section as we share findings in the medical and scientific world that recognize the benefits of training in Aikido.

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