Frequently Asked Questions
What is Aikido?
Aikido is a highly refined Japanese martial art which focuses on circular body movements, throws and joint locks. It uses the force of the attacker and re-directs the energy for natural neutralization.
Aikido is more than a physical art. Aside from learning the techniques, the practitioner will learn how to develop a positive mind and body and properly apply these to flowing and dynamic movements.
Aikido follows the values and principles of harmony and self-discipline in dealing with the elements of conflict whether these may be physical or psychological. Aikido is a traditional martial art and is a way of life.
Is Aikido a sport?
Aikido is not a sport. It does not have any competition or tournaments.
How is it different from other forms of martial arts?
Aikido is a martial art that considers the protection of both the defender and the attacker, following under the general guidelines of conflict resolution as opposed to dominance. It more closely resembles a transfer of control than an affirmation or exercise in power.
Its main focus is to harmonize with conflict without the use of strikes or kicks.
Can Aikido be used for self-defense?
Aikido is a deceivingly powerful and effective martial art. Its origin dates back in feudal wars of Japan where hand to hand combat was necessary to subdue the enemy. The practical applications of Aikido can be used on any self defense situation. Aikido has been taught to various military, local police and security personnel for more than thirty years.
What am I expected to learn?
Practitioner of Aikido is expected to learn and develop the following:
- Mind and body coordination
- Aikido techniques
- Conflict resolution
- Stress management
How many levels are there?
There are eight levels in Aikido Yuishinkai. Student progression is self-paced, and techniques vary depending on an individual basis. Students will be practicing with a partner (Uke). Instructors monitor each student’s progress and once proficiency is attained, students are expected to undergo grading before moving on to the next level.
Grade levels as follows:
- 7th kyu (white belt)
- 6th kyu (white belt)
- 5th kyu (yellow belt)
- 4th kyu (orange belt)
- 3rd kyu (green belt)
- 2nd kyu (brown belt)
- 1st kyu (brown belt/hakama)
- Shodan (black belt)
How long do I have to train to become proficient in Aikido?
AYW understands that every student is different from each other. Level of understanding, mind and body coordination will vary from person to person. Some will take longer to progress; some will be quicker than others.
AYW does not force any student to grade. The reason a student undergoes a grading is to show that one can perform with confidence and extend Ki in front of its fellow students. This increases the student’s confidence and assertiveness in daily life.
Aikido teaches students to be patient. AYW teaching methods, its system and exercises to develop the most effective reflexes helps each student maximize its learning potential.
Does training in Aikido require speed or strength?
The physical differences of the opponents (size, age or strength) play only a small role because an Aikido practitioner redirects an attacker’s energy. This keeps the attacker in a constant state of imbalance.
Since Aikido’s core functionality is energy redirection, it does not rely on flexibility, muscle speed, or strength.
Timing, presence of mind is utilized more than speed or strength.
Are there age requirements in practicing Aikido?
No. Practitioners vary from 5 to 85yrs old.
Are there also classes for children?
Children’s classes commenced in January 2013.
What are the class schedules?
Refer to our Class Schedule for times and venues.
What do I need to wear?
It is recommended that you wear loose comfortable clothing such as a TShirt and Track pants. Activities on the mat are done bear foot. If you decided to continue training it is recommended that you purchase a GI (Aikido uniform) for training.