Happy New Year Bounce readers! We’ve got an awesome action filled 2016 ahead!
Following on from last year I conclude my recent tour of Suffolk based martial arts clubs with a visit to the dojo of the Satomi Kai Aikido club.
“The Way of Harmony of the Spirit” is one way that “Aikido” may be translated into English, it is a relatively modern Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba.
On a purely physical level it is an art involving throws and joint locks derived from Jujitsu and other techniques derived from Kenjutsu. Rather than punching or kicking opponents, Aikido focuses on using their own energy to gain control of them or to throw them. Aikido places great emphasis on motion and the dynamics of movement. Whether it is applicable self-defense technique, spiritual development, physical health or peace of mind, you can find it on our doorstep in Stowmarket with Aikido.
The club celebrates its 30th year and under the guidance of sensei Sion Oxford who has been practicing Aikido for over 25 years you’re in safe hands. I joined the club at their dojo in studio 1 of the mid Suffolk leisure centre in Stowmarket during their Sunday evening session (sessions also available Thursday evenings) and was made to feel very welcome by all. Following the all important warm up I started my training with some Ukemi (safe falling) and Tai Sabaki meaning “body movement” any important technique found in many Aikido actions. I then joined the group in some of their technical defensive movements and while it did take a few attempts to even remotely resemble the actual finished article it’s amazing just how much control you can have over an opponent or assailant with just the slightest grip applied correctly. It is also a great feeling and confidence booster once you get to grips (pun fully intended) with the action.
Competence leads to confidence and Aikido with its traditional martial arts form can truly help develop a disciplined & confident personality for those who may not be the outgoing sporty type but are looking for an opportunity to try something new. Aikido can burn 600-800 calories a session and also keeps you mind engaged, it really is a full body & brain workout, significantly more fun than doing a sudoku on a treadmill! (Not recommended)
So give it a go, the timing is perfect! The Stowmarket Aikido Club have a beginners course starting at the end of this month on Sunday January 24th between 7:00-8:30pm and running for the next 6 consecutive weeks, the course is tailored to those new this dynamic martial art. It comes with the Action Man seal of approval and I guarantee you’ll enjoy it immensely.
For more info visit the website www.satomikai.co.uk and search Facebook for Stowkmarket Aikido Club.