Author: fa8v3

A beginners thoughts on starting Aikido

I found Aikido when I thought it would be good for me to start learning some form of self-defence. I know a few girls at school who learn various different martial arts and they all speak very highly of it and so I thought it would be a good thing to look into further. As someone who is intrigued by Japanese culture I thought Aikido would be an interesting place to start. But I didn’t really know much else about it and so when I went to my first session I really didn’t know what to expect. I think...

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Aikido Story for This Girl Can

When I first moved to London, I spent most of my time during my first year alone. As an introverted and fairly independent person, this didn’t bother me too much. After all, I had plenty of people I was friendly with, we just weren’t necessarily friends – and that was enough for me. It wouldn’t be until later when I would look critically at myself and recognize how closed off as a person I was and how my self-imposed isolation was rooted in my fear of failure and feelings of inadequacy. This was the reason why I never liked...

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British Museum Great Wave Exhibition

On the 24th of June, Aikido of London was invited to teach at The British Museum to over 300 children and their guardians participating in the event “The British Museum Young Friends Sleep Over”, celebrating Japanese culture as a part of the “Hokusai’s Great Wave” exhibition. As the doors closed to the departing general public we entered the museum. It was a different experience to be able to see all of its architectural beauty and grandiosity without thousands of visitors walking, talking and taking pictures. Our group of 9 Aikidokas was taken downstairs where a big carpeted area was waiting...

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