Women in Aikido
Aikido can be considered a soft martial art – in the sense that the aim is to diffuse the attack and utilises strikes designed to do no damage. Shodokan Aikido is a sport so it would be no good if your opponents are debilitated every time. These striking techniques, “atemi waza” in Japanese, are done with the palm are used in addition to joint locking techniques on wrists and elbows, which are called “kansetsu waza”.
We aim to unbalance an opponent and ultimately control him or her. Which still works when done by small women on big guys, particularly when they’ve had a few pints! In Japan many women take up Shodokan Aikido, with classes often split 50:50.
So if you’re interested in the following:
- SELF DEFENCE
- BEING PART OF A TEAM
- FITNESS COMPETING AT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LEVELS
- COMPETITION JAPANESE CULTURE
- COORDINATION AND CONTROL
- APPLYING TECHNIQUE NOT STRENGTH & IGNORANCE
Then Aikido does all this and more! Not forgetting the social side!
We have a grading syllabus so we can learn progressively, have competitions for both men and women – where we demonstrate “kata” with a partner (unlike judo or karate) and where we can test our technical ability during “randori” bouts.
Competitions are not obligatory but we think they’re important for developing oneself, especially when confronting our fears – fear of demonstrating something in public, fear of expectations, fear of being hurt or hurting somebody else.
Sure, there aren’t two women alike, but we all fear being judged by others, we all want to be more confident, we all want to feel good about ourselves and ultimately enjoy ourselves! If you think that’s true of you too, give it a go.