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A martial art for the rest of us...

Aikido study starts from the premise that the strength and power we develop, through movement and posture, comes from something other than what the mainstream view would have us believe. We are always taught that strength comes from being bigger, more aggressive, from having stronger muscles. Aikido turns this notion all on its head (literally), and makes real the old saying of "the bigger they are they harder they fall".

Size is used against itself, strength is opposed through structural efficiency and mechanical advantage, speed is opposed with timing and efficiency of movement.

Young, strong, well-muscled beginners will often find themselves initially with a steeper learning curve, as the tendency to power through a movement slows the learning of proper technique, and one's own strength, muscle tone and body tension are an impediment to developing sensitivity to the tone, tension and center of gravity of their partner. Aikido is thus an ideal activity for women, (focused) children and the elderly. Besides the obvious physical and mental health benefits from participating, imagine the social benefit of martial arts skills being widely distributed to those most vulnerable.

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