Question: Is Aikido suitable for Women?

Answer:

Yes - because of the underlying principles of Aikido, larger men have no inherent advantage over smaller women, and everyone can train together.

Question: Will I get any injuries?

Answer:

Injuries can occur in any form of hard physical exercise. Most aikido injuries are minor bruises and strains. We try to reduce this to a minimum by showing students how to practice safely, and emphasising the importance of receiving the technique correctly. Several members of our dojo are qualified in First Aid.

 

Question: What should I wear?

 

Answer:

For your first couple of lessons you can wear a pair of tracksuit bottoms and a loose fitting top. Once you feel that the activity is for you, ask the instructor to recommend an Aikidogi (Uniform).

 

Question: Is Aikido a practical form of self defence?

Answer:

Most Aikido techniques practised in the dojo are designed to condition the body, although they do have a martial aspect it takes time to develop these skills.  Aikido as a means of self-defence is most effective at the higher levels of training.