WHAT IS AIKIDO
HOW DOES IT WORK ?
Aikido is not a sport, but an art
You have everything needed to succeed since your first class
The fastest is the one moving the least
Due to the nature of its principles and its practice, aikido is a martial art that is positioned to the opposite to the competitive dogma prevailing in combat sports. In Aikido, one does not face up to an opponent. Rather, it is a matter of channeling speed and force, of using these without coming into opposition with an attacker in order to bring it into a controlled situation.
The objective is to put into place conditions that make it possible to realize a technique without the use of force.
To achieve this, a number of bases must be established, which must be present in all techniques. If one of these principles is poorly executed, the technique loses its effectiveness and its meaning.
The main work of aikido is work on oneself. This is what "misogi" means in Japanese, that is to say, to remove everything that prevents you from performing a technique correctly.
You have everything you need from the very first class to succeed, it is just a question of uncovering it.
Aikido requires no particular strength, flexibility or skill. Rather, you have to get rid of your bad habits, which is easier said than done...
In aikido the essential is not to control the other, but to master yourself!
Here is an excerpt from the aikido Beginner's Guide, written by Alain Peyrache, which perfectly summarizes what a new practitioner should know:
"When the beginner enters an aikido dojo for the first time, he can be guided by a variety of motives: learning to defend himself, pursuing a philosophical ideal and maintaining health, are just a few examples.
But what one discovers through practice is often inconsistent with the original motivation, and with each new step, the quest is enriched a little more. For what aikido proposes are keys, to the discovery of others, oneself, even one’s life view.
It is a school of freedom, a path towards autonomy of the body and spirit.
Aikido is therefore a permanent search for self.
This is called, in modern language, personal development, the Japanese tradition calls it DO: The Way. "
In 1948, The founder of aikido, Morihei UESHIBA (1883-1969 developed the teaching of a new and original martial art. Today it is practiced all around the world.
ALAIN PEYRACHE, fondateur de notre école, expert reconnu mondialement
Eric Plamondon, élève d'Alain Peyrache