This is a question that I don't get asked enough as a Teacher.
Aikido, to me, is like instructions on how to live your life, more than just a "style" of martial arts, there are hundreds of different martial arts schools out there
WHY IS AIKIDO ANY DIFFERENT?
AI-KI-DO can be broken down simply into "the way to harmonize energy"
or how can I be in harmony with the world around me?
a question that I have consistently instilled into our young martial artists for over 9 years.
Aikido has all of the great benefits that most martial arts teach;
Self-Defense, Confidence, Leadership Skills, Perseverance, Character, Self-Discipline, healthy lifestyle, and much more.
Aikido has something unique going for it.
A philosophy of conflict resolution drives it.
peace, inner competitiveness over the external competition,
sympathy for the "attacker"
Aikido essentially is instructions on how not to fight in a fight.
which as a martial art sounds very contradictory to what most people
know martial arts to be good for.
Aikido is a lifestyle
and it promises to help teach us that there's always a better way.
Why do I teach Aikido?
I teach it because Aikido is what I needed when I was younger.
one of my drives to be the person I am today is to become the person I needed when I was younger, to become a role model for the young souls and the next generations;
Aikido is my vehicle of choice to help create a world of peaceful warriors!
-Sempai Matt Addison