Aikido Enhances Flexibility
Aikido, often hailed as the “way of harmonious spirit,” is not just a martial art but a celebration of fluidity and grace. Beyond its self defence applications and philosophical principles, Aikido offers a multitude of physical benefits, with flexibility being one of its greatest.
At the core of Aikido lies a series of dynamic and circular movements, which cultivate a sense of fluidity in our everyday movements. With regular practice, Aikido enhances overall flexibility and encourages the body to move with natural ease.
Warm-up exercises at the start of our classes incorporate dynamic stretching movements, which actively engage muscles and joints. This form of stretching not only improves flexibility but also helps prevent injuries during training.
Aikido techniques call for the use of both sides of the body, fostering balanced muscle development, while the fluid movements originate from the core, engaging the abdominal and back muscles. As practitioners maintain a strong and stable centre, they experience improved control and flexibility in their movements.
Our practice also includes a diverse range of joint locks, throws, and pins, which require practitioners to explore various angles and positions. This exploration helps increase the range of motion in joints, such as the hips, shoulders, and wrists, promoting flexibility throughout the body.
Aikido’s influence on flexibility extends beyond the physical. As members delve deeper into the art, they cultivate mental and emotional flexibility as well. The philosophies of harmony and adaptability encourage members to approach challenges with an open mind and a willingness to embrace change.
Whether you seek to improve physical or mental flexibility, Aikido offers a transformative path. Step onto the mat and discover the boundless benefits of Aikido.