Aikido involves circular movements and techniques to redirect the energy and body of an attacker. Aikido is a defensive, non-aggressive art. The emphasis in training is on cooperation rather than competition.
The circular movements of Aikido typically end in a pin or a throw. Students learn to look after each other and themselves so that throws and pins can be practiced safely.
The observation of personal safety and security in training permit very powerful techniques to be developed and practiced.
Timing is more important than speed, sensitivity more important than strength, flowing (harmony) with your partner is more important than aggression.
Because of this Aikido is ideal for children, youth, women and men of all ages.
Experienced students learn to defend themselves against multiple unarmed and armed attacks.
Many aikido techniques are derived from the circular sword movements of the Samurai and weapons training is a part of Aikido.
Aikido training is fun, relieves stress, improves physical fitness, and can promote mental health and a more positive outlook.
Island Aikido is affiliated with the Shioda International Aikido Federation (and formerly with the Aikido Yoshinkan Foundation), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
The Island Aikido dojo is a registered school of the SIAF.
Ranks issued by Island Aikido are recognized internationally.
Instructors are dan ranked by Honbu dojo in Japan.
Island Aikido provides separate curriculum for children, youth and adults.
Ranking is through a colour belt system leading to black belt levels.
Progress at each individual's pace is achieved through a steady, organized teaching structure.
Instructor registration with the SIAF enables dan ranking capability to 5th degree black belt with certificates issued by Japan.
A focus at the club is on the development of new instructors.