Aikido means different things to different people: some may consider it to be an ideal fitness activity; others will view it as an ideal self-defense system. We think that Aikido may come to mean a lot more: it can become a path through which you will know yourself better, or even change yourself for the better.
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Traditional Aikido is a unique self-defense system. To thwart or prevent an attack, Aikido uses various techniques of holding, joint locks, kicking, and punching. Irrespective of age, sex, or physical strength, Aikido enables everyone to use its techniques with the same degree of efficacy. Basic values of traditional Aikido and its attendant life philosophy include self-discipline, order, respect, perfectionism, loyalty, co-operation, politeness, modesty, as well as the honest approach to learning and improving ones self.
Furthermore, traditional Aikido is an excellent system of movement. Developing all body muscles, it improves the cardiovascular system and fosters a positive view of the world. Over time, Aikido trainees (the so-called Aikidokas) find themselves more capable of facing both critical situations and various troubles of everyday life.
In addition to teaching Aikido techniques and body exercise, Kurilla Budokan also communicates to its members a comprehensive set of mental values.