for Children & Adults
A Martial Arts studio in Redmond, Washington that is a member of the California Aikido Association
Benefits of Aikido
Benefits of Aikido
Learning compassion for other is a true gift to yourself and to the world. Rather than focusing on the most efficient and destructive way to harm someone physically, mentally, or verbally, you learn to focus on providing just enough contact to make your point, achieve your goal, or divert harm. The principle of compassion carries just as much validity on the matt when deciding how hard to slam someone down, as in the work environment when you decide to avoid confrontation with a co-worker and instead strive for a win-win outcome on a problem.
Too often we are caught up in the "Oh, ya, well you are too" type of arguments where you clash emotion for emotion, word for word, and sadly sometimes fist to fist. Blending with the event will allow you time to take a breath and think about the response and outcome you truly want from the engagement. Blending will allow the attack to not inflict damage to you, and will let you consider the situation from a safe and calm position. In Aikido you train with people of different abilities, sizes, strengths, and sometimes even from a place of great weakness such as from your knees. This practice also helps you understand that regardless of your position or state in life blending with everyone will help you connect with them, and understand better their intentions.
Can you feel which foot your partner has their weight on? Can you feel their next movement with your fingertips? Can you tell when you enter a room which person you should greet first? Sensitivity to your surroundings is important for business engagements, as well as on the mat. Feeling your partner’s intent will help you decide which movement to make. Understanding when they are tense, or hesitant will help you keep them safe. Being sensitive to the ones around you will enable you to better connect with them and understand their direction.
Learning to relax is sometimes difficult. Babies have this amazing ability to relax their body and become heavy when they don’t want to be picked up. Children are able to relax when talking with strangers. Adults rarely get to relax. Through Aikido training you learn to relax under stressful situations, as well as relax when working with people. No longer is the person who has 15 items in the fast lane at the supermarket a confrontation in the making. Instead you can relax and comment on how you really like that flavor of ice-cream, and that there is a store coupon for it. When you are relaxed you extend a sence of power around you that others sense and appreciate.