What is Aikido?
Aikido is a Japanese martial art that uses an opponent’s strength and force against themselves. It utilises locks, throws and pins. It does not teach how to punch and kick, but teaches how to defend such attacks and much more.
There are several variants of Aikido developed by the students of Morihei Ueshiba. Our club follows the teachings of Kenji Tomiki, known as Shodokan Aikido (昭道館合気道 Shōdōkan Aikidō), which follow a very structured approach which facilitates teaching. This is an advantage for beginners, however those who have trained in other variants of Aikido will find their skills transferrable.
Shodokan Aikido is sometimes referred to as "Sport Aikido" because it includes competition. These competitions contain two main elements Embu, in which pairs work together to give the best demonstration of a set of techniques, and Randori, where two competitors attempt to score points by applying techniques on the other.
Our club has a very good competitive track record, winning the annually held Student National competitions in for the last 10 years. This is mainly due to the high standard of coaching available through Shodokan Aikido Sheffield.
Whilst we do encourage members to participate in competitions, it is not compulsory so if you’re not a competitive person don’t be put off!