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BRIGHTON ITTAIKAN AIKIDO
Established in 1998, Ittaikan Aikido Club continues to expand its membership and promote Aikido throughout the UK. The club’s senior instructor, Sensei Paul Bonett, with over 30 years experience in aikido and an almost 40 year career in martial arts, believes that Aikido is a martial art that all are able to learn. Classes are open for both children (from the age of 8) and adults.
Students at Ittaikan Aikido Club learn all aspects of the Shodokan system of Aikido- from basics such as breakfalls and footwork to traditional weapons training in the bokken (wooden sword) and jo (fifty inches staff). All classes are taught by experienced and skilled yudansha (black belts).
Shodokan Aikido, developed by Kenji Tomiki a former student of Aikido founder Ueshiba Morihei, is a style of Aikido that allows students to understand and grasp the fundamentals of the art in a relatively short amount of time. This is done by having new members, learn and practice with experienced members, pre-arranged paired forms or “Kata” which in turn facilitates understanding and skill. This paradigm of training also develops physical dexterity – a better sense of balance, improved posture and general all round health.
For those who wish to venture into the competition side of Shodokan Aikido, Ittaikan Aikido Club offers free fighting or “randori” training sessions to anyone wishing to test his or her skills within a safe and supportive environment. It is the sport aspect of Shodokan Aikido that attracts many to participate in the regular Aikido competitions held with other clubs across the UK. These competitions involve both kata and randori.
Those interested in learning more about Ittaikan Aikido Club should call Mr. Bonett at Tel: 07774 629014 or 01273 677365
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WHAT EXACTLY IS AIKIDO?
Aikido is a Japanese martial art that was developed by Ueshiba Morihei in the early part of the 20th Century. The theory behind Aikido is the harmonization of an opponent’s movements in order to control an attack. One does not meet force with force, but rather blends with and re-directs force to neutralise an attack. This requires timing, skill and body movement, rather than strength alone. The techniques include joint locks, pins and throws.
It is because Aikido takes advantage of the weaker points of the body that most techniques were, and still are, considered too dangerous to practice realistically; therefore the majority of traditional Aikido dojo’s (training halls) choose to only practice form or kata.
It was this lack of realistic training that led to one of Ueshiba sensei’s students, Kenji Tomiki who was also a high level Judo teacher, to envisage Aikido as a sport that could be practiced safely. After years of Aikido study he set out, with Ueshiba sensei’s blessing, to devise a system of sport Aikido. In the ensuing years Tomiki developed Shodokan Aikido. It was because of his skill as a Judo teacher and an uncanny understanding of the human body, that he was able to create the first seventeen basic techniques (junana-hon-no-kata) which are still practiced today and are considered the foundation of Shodokan Aikido.