Getting to grips with aikido

Mastering this Japanese martial art of deflection requires years of training, discipline and – at the beginning – a propensity for being repeatedly hurled to the ground, writes Jasper Winn

1st February, 2015
Getting to grips with aikido
Aikido is sometimes described as ‘the thinking person’s martial art’

Falling is for children. They love it. But after a certain age falling is no longer much fun. So it should be strange to be in a room full of adults being thrown to the – yes, padded, but not that much – floor. Over and over.

There are regular loud smacking sounds from arms and hands hitting the ground in energy absorbing slaps. The softer ‘thwumps’ of rolling bodies. The odd gasp of pain....

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