Welcome to Falls Road Aikido!
What is Aikido?
Aikido, a Japanese martial art, emphasizes evasion and redirection of an attacker’s aggressive force into throws, pins, and immobilizations as a primary strategy rather than punches and kicks. We pride ourselves in being able to provide high quality instruction at our dojo in a way that benefits your life both on and off the mat.
Aikido’s Strategic Foundations
Aikido constantly incorporates these three tenets:
- Moving into a position off of the line of attack;
- Seizing control of the attacker’s balance by means of leverage and timing;
- Applying a throw, pin, or other sort of immobilization (such as a wrist/arm lock).
Strikes (atemi) are not absent altogether from the strategic arsenal of the Aikidoka, but their use is primarily (though not exclusively) intended as a means of distraction. A strike is delivered in order to provoke a reaction from the aggressor, creating a window of opportunity, facilitating the application of a throw, pin, or other immobilization.
Who Can Practice Aikido?
At Falls Road Aikido, anyone can practice! Aikido is perfect for people of all ages, from children to adults. Aikido is a perfect art for people of all shapes and sizes. The age-range in our dojo reaches from pre-teens to practitioners in their 60s and 70s. No matter your lifestyle, profession, or physical capability, if you’re interested, then Aikido can be for you!