Someone asked me the other day why I practice Aikido. My answer nearly always now is "because I can't imagine my life without it". But it got me thinking and after a bit of surfing I found a very nice outline of many of the key benefits of our wonderful art, on the Fujinami Dojo Sydney website.
Everyone has their own personal motivation when they decide to take up a martial art, and I believe a good Instructor provides a framework whereby each student can follow their own true path on what can often be a journey that lasts a lifetime.
Managing Conflict and Stress / Relaxation
Participants experience a new paradigm around stress and conflict where they will be able to:
improve the ability to deal with aggressive behavior
stay in control
lead the opposition to achieve positive results
respond rather than react
analyses the situation and work out the best way to respond
manage opposing views, criticism or authority
manage differing expectations, demands or intimidation
manage problems, conditions or politics
learn the importance of staying ‘present’ (here and now)
improve the ability to concentrate
Aikido works every major and minor muscle group in the body and restores balance and harmony often placed out of kilter from activities in our day-to-day lives. Anything from having one part of the body compensate for an injury in another part to being right-handed can affect the body’s symmetry and harmony.
Aikido increases and maintains muscular symmetry by using body weight as natural resistance and calisthenics. This allows participants to attain maximum functionality and physical efficiency that overflows into the mental arena as a healthy body promotes a healthy mind to create a more balanced lifestyle.
Aikido uses dynamic movement and calisthenics to maximize cardio benefits. Participants experience increased oxygen intake, energy levels and feel rejuvenated after each session. The workout is guaranteed to work up a sweat and can be practiced to the participant’s comfort level. Attendees vary their speed and intensities in a variety of ways utilizing different energy systems. Since the type of training is continuous, the predominant energy system is aerobic. However with frequent bursts of speed the anaerobic system is also developed.
Self-defense is an important part of Aikido and the ability to focus and be clear in any situation is the best defense. It is also an ideal way to focus on, and take advantage of, the good things that come our way. Aikido training is designed to foster a positive outlook that is appropriate in all situations.
Aikido makes use of the fact that an attacker focuses their attention and movement on the person they are attacking. This potentially puts the person being attacked in a leadership position - if they know how to take advantage of it. There is no retaliatory striking and none of the techniques are designed to cause any type of injury. Participants learn prearranged attack/defense moves and perform them with many repetitions to develop technical skill and agile, flowing movement. They are taught to safely receive Aikido techniques by properly falling and rolling away, instead of resisting.
How can I benefit from Aikido?
Aikido participants experience many benefits from the art’s holistic approach:
better physical and mental health
improved quality of life
improved leadership, management and career prospects
coaching and support from an experienced instructor
moving with fewer aches and pains
better posture and balance
stronger muscles and bones
relaxation and reduced stress
improved physical fitness, stamina, balance, flexibility, coordination, strength and resilience
heightened self-confidence, concentration and alertness
increased self-awareness and self-knowledge
increased interpersonal awareness through the cultivation of compassion for others
Long-term benefits of the practice often lead to:
personal feelings of harmony and wellness
a deeper sense of wholeness, unity, integration and interconnectedness
an expansion of consciousness through mindful action
a sense of readiness for the unexpected at all times
How do companies benefit from Aikido?
Companies who have embraced the ‘Aikido way’ also benefit allowing them to:
enhance and nurture leadership capabilities within their people
promote communication and teamwork
complement ‘employer of choice’ status
improve management performance, competitiveness, productivity and profits
improve innovative thinking and motivation
develop and maintain a learning culture
value and retain employees
Some of the companies who have benefited worldwide from doing business the Aikido way include; Alcan, Bank of Norway, Bel-Air Hotel Beverly Hills, Caterpillar Corporation, Chase Manhattan Bank, Compaq Computers, Digital Equipment Corporation, Glaxo Inc., Institute of Personal Development South Africa, Kaiser Permanente, Proctor & Gamble, Purina, Steven Covey Associates, United States Air Force Academy.
Be aware of conflict and what your feelings are about that conflict. Appreciate the other’s feelings and viewpoint without labeling or judging.
Show the other side that you want to work out a solution. Take responsibility that you are also part of the conflict and all sides are in this together.
Be willing to change and be open to new ideas. Be able to consider a wide range of solutions without excessive judgment.
If this sounds like something that you think can benefit you or someone you know then why not register for a FREE class today. Simply click on the RED link below and a friendly representative will contact you the same day.
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