Who is Aikido for?
Anyone can train Aikido at any age. Aikido is an efficient and gentle martial art, which teaches you how to use your body to harmonise with your attacker’s energy and movement in order to defuse their attack. It is not a pumped-up aggresive style, but rather develops physical and mental balance and stability.
Aikido is suitable for adults, who will appreciate its depth and subtlety. It is also suitable for children, who very much enjoy tumbling and throwing each other, and learning how to fall safely.
Among the benefits of attending regular Aikido classes are:
- Fitness. Aikido involves lots of whole-body movement. It will train your cardiovascular system and endurance, as well as core strength, grip, and overall fitness.
- Confidence. Knowing how the joints of the body work, and having experience of how to use this knowledge to keep harmful people at bay, gives you a sense of confidence in your abilities.
- Balance. In every sense of the word, Aikido develops balance. One cannot disrupt the balance of the opponent without first coming into balance oneself.
- Self development. Like every true martial artist, the Aikidoka (practitioner) learns that the real enemy to progress in the art is one’s own ego.
What is AikidoFlow?
AikidoFlow is an Aikido club in London, that promotes the practice of the art of Aikido in an informal, friendly and supportive atmosphere. At our classes in Kilburn/Maida Vale, we have students from the ages of 16 to 70, and everyone is welcome.
The name AikidoFlow conveys our style of circular movement, and blending without struggle. Aikido is a gentle martial art. Its peaceful ethos is reflected in its techniques, which neutralise aggression without harm to the attacker. It does not use strength, aggression, kicks or punches but is nevertheless highly effective.
AikidoFlow is the only true Aikido and Aikijujutsu club in North West London. Check out more about us on this website and get a flavour for the club through our YouTube videos.
What are our Aikido classes like?
Our classes are small and friendly. After a warmup to make sure that the body is in a good state to train, we focus on technique. Our experienced black-belt teachers demonstrate Aikido techniques, and the students practice in pairs or small groups, with the instructors guiding the students as to proper form.
You can try the first class for free to see if you like it. Just come along in suitable sports clothing – there’s no need to book. For more details, see the page about our Aikido classes.
In our training we combine the flowing gentle art of Aikido, with its peaceful ethos of neutralising aggression without harm to the attacker, with the full-on self defence system of Aikijutsu. These two styles complement each other very well and go towards making a well-rounded practitioner. Aikijutsu is especially useful for self-defence situations, being a more direct and forceful application of techniques.
Kilburn / Maida Vale Aikido dojo
Our club meetings are on Monday nights from 6pm to 8pm at the Jubilee Sports Centre in London W9.
You can get here by bus or by car – the parking is free after 18:30. See this page for directions to our dojo from Kilburn or Maida Vale.