Aikido is a defensive art that uses an attacker’s own size and force against them – as a result, Aikido is a highly effective form of self-defence that does not require great size or strength on the part of the practitioner.

 

Training is co-operative, with students helping each other learn techniques at a pace in line with their abilities rather than competing with each other.

 

Aikido is unique within Martial Arts because the defensive nature of the art teaches students how to avoid fighting. It differs from other Fighting Arts as the goal is to control and neutralise an attack through non confrontational harmonious movement, not to focus on the destruction of the attacker.