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What You Need to Know About Aikido if You’ve Never Heard of It

December 25, 2019

As most people know, aikido is the lifelong study of physical and spiritual enlightenment, in order to reach inner peace. Over the last several decades, the modern Japanese martial art form has experienced a resurgence in popularity.

And, despite the fact that many people are now vaguely familiar with aikido, surprisingly little is known about it.

Here is a crash course in the martial art, which is particularly useful for people who are new to the craft.


Have no expectations and be ready for anything

In aikido, as in life, it’s important to be ready for anything. A cornerstone of the martial art is living in the present moment. If you anticipate your attacker’s next move, you open yourself up to danger. To avoid this, aikido teaches you to remain calm, centred and alert at all times.


Learn aikido techniques to forget the techniques

As you progress, aikido techniques will become automatic reflexes. However, technical mastery does not equal a great aikidoist. Great aikido is borne from transcendence of technique: to master the moves, you must forget what you have learned. You can do this by practicing aikido techniques until they become as natural is breathing.


Everything is training

Aikido involves rigorous physical and spiritual training. As you progress in the art, you will begin to see opportunities to train, while doing even the most mundane of tasks (i.e. chores or errands).

During classes, you will learn to block out the world’s noise, to see the beauty of the present. While it sounds strange, you’ll soon love doing the laundry and the dishes, as it’s an opportunity for reflection.


Aikido and a macrobiotic diet

While these concepts may seem far apart, the fundamental principles of aikido and a macrobiotic diet are closely related. First, both practices posit that each individual is responsible for their own life and health.

Second, aikido and macrobiotics encourage people to fully engage with life and treat their bodies with respect, in order to reap physical, emotional, mental and spiritual benefits.


If you’re interested in learning more about the sacred art of aikido, please contact Shin Sen Dojo today. We are Aikido instructors Sydney residents can rely on.

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