|What is Aikido ? - 2|
Aikido training also incorporates the use of certain traditional Japanese weapons namely the Bokken (a wooden replica of the Japanese sword), the Jo (a 4ft oak staff) and the Tanto (Japanese dagger), involving both use of the weapon itself and techniques for disarming a weapon carrier.
As well as being a very effective and practical
system of self-defence, Aikido offers the practitioner much more; in fact
it can be practised purely for such benefits. Central to Aikido is the
training of posture; this improves balance and makes
for easy elegant movement. Another fundamental is breath control,
which has far-reaching effects on the body, both physical and mental.
A result of correct breathing and good posture is the development of personal
energy or power known in the east as KI, enabling the
body to function at levels beyond levels that thought possible. The general
conditioning, which is part of a typical session, will also improve general
fitness and flexibility. Overall a greater sense of confidence and peace
of mind should be the result.