Frequently Asked Questions
What is Aikido and what are its benefits?
Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba. It focuses on using an opponent's energy and movements against them, rather than meeting force with force. It is a spiritual practice as much as it is a martial art. Aikido is a great way to improve physical fitness, flexibility, and coordination. It also teaches important life skills such as patience, discipline, self-confidence and presence.
What’s so special about your school?
Aikido is different to most martial arts in that it has a philosophy of non-competition and non-aggression. Training under this philosophy helps ensure a high level of safety.
Learning at Kihon Aikido is personalised and methodical, so you can be sure you’ll receive excellent tuition, at a pace you’ll feel comfortable, to allow you the greatest progress. Your individual success as a student adds to the success and growth of the school.
Do I need to be fit?
Most people who begin training with us have never done any martial arts before. No experience is required nor is it necessary to have a particular level of strength, flexibility or fitness.
Aikido can be practiced by people of all ages and fitness levels. Our classes are designed to accommodate different skill levels and physical abilities.
How often should I train?
You can train as little or as often as you like, but we recommend you train an average of twice per week when you first begin. This will ensure you will improve and be adequately prepared for gradings. As you progress, attend seminars and train more often.
What should I wear to an Aikido class?
It is recommended to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing such as a t-shirt and sweatpants. During training, students typically wear a white uniform called a gi.
The head instructor, Michael Farrugia Sensei, is supported by a number of 2nd and 3rd degree black belts. All are passionate about Aikido and share a vision of growth through personal development within themselves and in others. Read about our instructors on our about page
Are there other questions I should be asking?
First, be clear about your own values. Consider what you aim to achieve. Following this, seek out a school that aligns with your aspirations and values. It's beneficial if safety, both yours and that of your fellow trainees, holds significance to you. Moreover, it's worth recognising the importance of maintaining steady progress and fostering personal growth throughout your training experience.