Frequently Asked Questions

Is Aikido for you?

Is Aikido for you? Yes! Aikido is a non-violent, yet a dynamic, effective and powerful martial art that teaches to blend with an attack and redirect it through evasive and circular motions, using balance, leverage and gravity, instead of harming or injuring one’s opponent. Ultimately, it is the energy of the attack itself which brings down the attacker. This principle reaches far beyond the domain of the dojo.

The martial art of Aikido...

The martial art of Aikido incorporates very unique philosophical foundation of peace and harmony along with well-defined self-defence techniques. More than a form of self protection, or sport, or merely exercise, Aikido is a method of personal development that teaches positive human qualities such as compassion, courage, endurance, and inner strength, which enhances all aspects of daily life.

Why do people practice Aikido?

As with any complex activity, different people find Aikido attractive for different reasons -- physical fitness, self-defence, personal growth, confidence, etc. At our dojo we train vigorously but safely, with utmost care for one another. The practice of Aikido combines the training of the mind, body, and spirit in a single unified discipline. Strength is not necessary; as a result, Aikido can easily be practiced by men and women of all ages.

Aikido training...

In Aikido training, most practice is done with a partner. Each works on his or her own level of ability, alternating as Uke (attacker) and Nage (the one who receives the attack). Both roles are stressed as each contribute skills that enhance overall sensitivity and control. Practice is non-competitive with partners working in a cooperative manner to encourage physical, mental and spiritual growth for each other. Aikido is now practiced by tens of thousands of people of all ages around the world. Many Aikido students find it so rewarding they continue practicing for years and even decades.


How often should I attend class?

Attending class at least twice or three times a week will tend to produce visible progress. If you are able to attend more often, you should do so. Testing in Aikido requires continuous uninterrupted training (10 classes a month) prior to the test. Any extended interruption will reset the count. For detailed testing requirements please review the ASU Training's Handbook.

I have an old injury or chronic condition that interferes with ability to move easily. Will I be able to practice?

It depends on the nature of the injury. Generally, if you are capable of walking without assistance, you should be able to train at some level. Of course you should consult your doctor before you begin training, and discuss your condition with the chief instructor.

Can Aikido be an effective method of self-defence?

Yes, Aikido forms the basis of many law enforcement and correctional systems unarmed self-defence programs. The key to effective self-defence training is cultivating the proper attitude. Physical technique alone is not sufficient to prevail in conflict. The student of Aikido learns through practice that attack and defence are really one thing.

How long will it take to earn a black belt?

The typical student takes four to five years of consistent training - three to five times a week - to test for black belt. First degree black belt means that the student is now ready for serious study. For testing requirements please review the ASU Training's Handbook.


"Frequently Asked Questions" is used here with kind permission of Aikido Cork Open Centre

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