Mar­tial self de­fence

Aikido Ki

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IF YOU would like to im­prove flex­i­bil­ity, co­or­di­na­tion, con­cen­tra­tion, health and fit­ness, ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion, com­pas­sion for our fel­low hu­man be­ings, and self­es­teem, then con­sider aikido.

Aikido Ki is a self­de­fence mar­tial art with a fo­cus on phys­i­cal and men­tal tech­niques. If you dis­like vi­o­lence but would like to have an ef­fec­tive self- de­fence ca­pa­bil­ity, en­joy the flex­i­bil­ity of tai chi and fit­ness train­ing or love other mar­tial arts or con­tact sports but would like to re­duce the im­pact of those ac­tiv­i­ties on your body, then aikido may be for you. Chief in­struc­tor Roby Kessler said it is not a fight­ing art. ‘‘It en­ables you to de­fend your­self without fight­ing,’’ he said. The Ja­panese mar­tial art fo­cuses on Ki de­vel­op­ment, com­bin­ing mar­tial stud­ies with an em­pha­sis on the abil­ity to re­lax the mind and body even un­der stress. It’s per­fect for chil­dren and adults alike.’’

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