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Aikido
Welcome to TuksAikido   
 

 

AIKIDO IS A TRADITIONAL JAPANESE SYSTEM OF SELF-DEFENCE INVOLVING THROWS AND JOINT LOCKS TECHNIQUES.   

Though these can be painful and induce immediate submission, they are normally applied in a graceful manner so as not to cause injury. 

 

  • It is the objective of AIKIDO to contribute to the quality of our society by encouraging a   chivalric and moral code of behaviour.   Students of Aikido train both body and spirit with the intention of becoming sincere and more rounded individuals. To practice the art requires discipline, diligent study and hard training of all its practitioners.
  • AIKIDO also teaches us to defend ourselves. One learns to face many opponents simultaneously. To be able to do this it requires discipline and the polishing and perfection of the executed techniques to the finest detail.
  •  AIKIDO will help you to develop powerful and confident movement. It is practiced by people of all ages and physical make-up, by women and men alike. The techniques do not demand physical strength or an aggressive spirit.
  • AIKIDO is practiced in a non-competitive atmosphere. Strength is not matched with strength and force is subtly redirected by means of flowing circular movements. Since the techniques require flexibility, balance and timing, there is no need to oppose the force of the attack. We blend with the attack, take control and redirect it safely and effectively.
  •  AIKIDO offers excellent exercise. It is a proven way of restoring and preserving a supple and healthy body. It is a good way of expending energy, to stimulate the heart and to tone the body. It helps one to acquire agile movement and speed of reaction. This is useful in everyday life.
  •  AIKIDO practice is always done in pairs. Through regular practice you learn from others and others learn from you. Practice is practical, energetic and FUN!
  •  AIKIDO literally means "The Way of Harmony"   It is essentially non-competitive and non-violent. It is regarded as a subtle and graceful martial art, effective but also suited for gentle people. It addresses moral values and offers a practical way of life.

 

 

The Pretoria Aikikai (Aikido Association), incorporating TuksAikido, is affiliated to the Aikido Federation of South Africa (AFSA), a recognised authority for the teaching of Aikido in South Africa by the International Federation and the Aikikai Foundation, Tokyo, Japan.

The club has close ties with Aikido groups in Japan, Italy, Guam, Great Britain, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, Russia, China, Canada and Reunion.  Seminars and exchanges take place at regular intervals.

Beginners are always welcome.  First-timers are encouraged to first observe a practice session and to get familiar with the objectives of the art before they enrol as members.

One joins TuksAikido by filling out the appropriate forms, available from the instructor and by paying the prescribed fees.

 

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 Highlights on the Yearly Calendar:

  • Summer School (An international four day event during early summer)
  • Winter School (An international four day event during mid winter)
  • Instructor's Course (A dedicated masters classes for instructors)
  • Martial Arts Day and Demonstrations at the Japanese Embassy, Pretoria.
  • Grading Examinations at regular intervals throughout the year.
  • Developmental Project and Self Defense classes for women and children (As advertised)