Aikido consists of hand and body techniques (taijutsu), which are used along with strikes (atemi) to unbalance an opponent in order to throw (nage technik) or immobilise them with a lock.
Aikido has its roots in the ancient warrior arts of Japan, particularly kenjutsu (swordsmanship), jojutsu (stick-fighting) and ju-jutsu (the gentle art). The techniques rely on skill and the use of the opponent’s force against them, rather than brute strength. This means anyone can do aikido regardless of shape, size or gender.
The art is very effective - in fact it is taught to the Tokyo Riot Police! It can therefore teach you to defend yourself in any situation - even knife attacks and multiple attacks.
Here is some demonstration of Ukemi or break falls. One person is attacking and when the counter attack comes he can prevent himself from hitting the ground by doing Ukemi
The club trains in a friendly environment, and we are non-competitive. Everyone in the club is treated equally and given the same high standard of teaching, and beginners are welcome anytime: just turn up with track suit and wear sandals/socks/shoes until reaching the mat.