WHAT GOT YOU INTERESTED IN AIKIDO/ HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT THE CLUB?
At 47 years young I reached a point in my life when I thought, I’d like to reach Black Belt in a martial art before I go! In all honesty I also wanted some ‘me’ time away from the family with another awesome group of people, which would assist me in taking care of my flexibility, coordination, balance as well as general health and fitness levels.
I read an article about the club in Lancaster District Magazine
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TRAINING/ WHAT GRADE HAVE YOU ACHIEVED?
I’ve been training since June 2017 (110hrs to date 13.01.19) and today I graded for my 6th Kyu.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND AIKIDO TO FAMILY/FRIENDS ETC?
I’d recommend Aikido to anyone wishing to improve their all round health, balance, confidence, well-being etc. and to meet some amazing people.
WHY? WHAT BENEFITS DOES IT OFFER?
It’s LIFE, it’s real and it friggin’ works! The ultimate benefit to me is – Whole well-being improvement: Flexibility, proprioception, co-ordination, body confidence, positive proactive environment and the list goes on.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU DON’T LIKE ABOUT AIKIDO?
Nope! Only my mind takes me out if it’s cold/wet outside, BUT once I show up and train, I always (100%) feel awesome afterwards and grateful I didn’t allow my mind to take me out!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT AIKIDO?
The variety of moves, choices in how to surrender and direct anything away from me. It’s like a flow/art, which once you start practicing becomes easier and makes 100% Martial Sense!
DO YOU TRAIN FOR SELF-DEFENCE/CONFIDENCE/FITNESS ETC?
I train to enjoy and improve my whole well-being: including, mental, emotional, social as well as physical levels.
WHAT MAKES AIKIDO DIFFERENT?
The FLOW, the CHOICES, the GRACEFULNESS, the MOVES. The simple fact that one’s strength is NOT required, only an openness to learn, experience and enjoy.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT LANCASTER AIKIDO CLUB AND ITS MEMBERS?
Each member brings their own positive energy to the dojo and external events. It’s not like there’ a fixed way per se. It’s about feeling, alignment and relationship as Peter Ralston would say.