What is Aikido?
Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by the Japanese master Morihei Ueshiba. Aikido is purely focused on self defense, in which you use the power of your opponent. The energy (ki) that’s built up in an attack, ends up as a lock and/or throw.
What do you wear for Aikido?
One of the most common questions amongst starting Aikidoka is: “What do you wear for Aikido? As a beginner it is common to wear a Judogi. However, when you start advancing through the ranks and training on set moments, it is advised to purchase a real Aikido suit. Dependent on the federation you have joined, you can start wearing a Hakama from the 3rd kyu (green belt) or 1st dan (black belt).
Who can do Aikido?
Everyone from all ages can practice Aikido. A lot of dojo’s have lessons for kids of just 4 years old, to get them familiar with the sport. Aikido is also great for the more senior citizens: the non-aggressive character of Aikido makes it perfectly fit for older people.