Most people considering starting aikido may wonder, what is aikido exactly? It’s likely what comes to mind are images of karate or judo.
In aikido, there are basically no offensive movements. The emphasis is on how to move with the other person, not in opposition nor by overcoming with strength or speed, There are no competitive matches. Instead, we practice agreed upon roles with partners, cooperatively, to develop good use/function of the body and to know the physical and energetic relationship with the partner. Furthermore, through practicing correct, beautiful, and unforced movements, one develops one’s concentration, perception, and other mental aspects. Accordingly, the benefits of practice are not defined by age, sex, or physique.