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What To Expect

The class always starts with the formalities as explained in the section on reigi.  This is followed by a selection of warm up exercises that are designed to complement our Aikido practice.  The warm up will often lead on to tai-sabaki (body movement) exercises followed by ukemi (breakfalls) practice.

Thereafter no two classes are ever the same but the class is usually split into groups and each group will practice syllabus work or principles relevant to their level.  However it is quite usual to mix the class sometimes so that everyone gets the opportunity to practice with different students of varying levels.

The latter part of the class may be dedicated to weapons training prior to a brief warm down with kokyu dosa (breath exercises) followed by zazen.

Aikido is as much about forming strong friendships and should always be enjoyable and fun!

Merseyside Aikido Fellowship
Of Martial Arts
The true science of martial arts means practicing them in such a way that they will be useful at any time, and to teach them in such a way that they will be useful in all things