Aikido for Adults
Aikido appeals to many different kinds of people, both as a form of exercise and as a form of self-defence.
Aikido does not require physical strength or aggressive spirit. So, regardless of your age, your physical size or your state of fitness, you will soon learn how to immobilize, pin down or throw an opponent with relative ease.
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Based on full and natural body movement, Aikido exercises the whole body. It teaches and develops flexibility, co-ordination, balance and reactions.
Because Aikido is essentially a method of practical self-defense, you will eventually acquire a sound basis of spontaneous reaction and effective movement which will prove useful if you should ever find yourself in a threatening situation.
Do women do Aikido?
Some of the top Aikido practitioners and instructors throughout the world are women.
Because Aikido is essentially a method of practical self-defense, women find that they acquire a sound basis of quick reaction and effective movement which proves useful if an occasion should demand it in real life.
Will Aikido teach me how to protect myself against weapons?
Yes, Aikido techniques not only teacher you how to use weapons proficiently but also how to defend yourself in a situation against common everyday weapons.
Weapons classes are held at specific times at all our Dojo’s.
At Aikido Shinryukan Hombu Dojo (main training centre) in Mt Eden, weapons classes are scheduled for the Thursday evening second session.
What sort of weapons are used?
Jo (stick) or Bokken (wooden sword) are the main techniques practiced. Tanto (wooden knife) techniques are also taught.
Where can I find an Aikido training centre?
There are AikidoTraining Centres throughout Auckland and throughout New Zealand. If you click on any of the locations on the right hand side of this page, you will be able to see training centre locations and training times.You are welcome to come along to watch a training session.
Can I try out to see if Aikido is for me?
That’s fine!Either contact the teacher listed as the contact person at a training centre near you. Or come along to a session 15 minutes ahead of time and introduce yourself to the instructor. Our Beginners Information page has some useful practical suggestions about what to wear and how to get started.
I’ve practised Aikido overseas and now that I’m living in New Zealand I want to keep making progress.
Aikido Shinryukan will be delighted to welcome you. Please contact us at any time, and we’ll recommend the best training centre for you.
I’m an Aikido enthusiast and I’m going to be in New Zealand for a short time. Where can I train?
You’ll be made welcome at any of the clubs in New Zealand. Full details of locations and training times can be found on the right hand side of this page.We recommend just to introduce yourself and speak to the instructor before training. I’ve practiced another of the Japanese martial arts and I’m thinking about a change… What would you suggest?Give Aikido a try. Many of our top Aikido instructors also have histories in judo, karate or other martial arts. Give us a Call Today and we’ll make you welcome.
Can I aim for a black belt in Aikido?
Yes, Aikido has a system of regular gradings which lead to black belt status. As with other Japanese martial arts, the black belt grade has a number of rankings, with first dan being the lowest, second dan the next rank up and so forth.
Where can I go to see Aikido in action?
There are Aikido Training Centres throughout Auckland and throughout New Zealand. If you click on any of the locations on the right hand side of this page, you will be able to see training centre locations and training times. You are welcome to come along to watch a training session.