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Since 2010, Aikido of Towson
has been providing instruction in Aikido and the martial arts in the Towson, MD
We hope you enjoy our website and will stop by and visit us if you are in the area. This site is designed to give you information about our facility, our style of martial arts, our insturctors and provide you with information on how to contact us as well.
NO CLASS ON SATURDAY MARCH 9TH AND SATURDAY MARCH 23RD. PLEASE CALL FOR ADDITIONAL CLASS TIMES AND DATES.
What is Aikido?
Loosely translated, Aikido means "mind, body and spirit in harmony."
At the core of almost all philosophical interpretations of Aikido, one may identify at least two fundamental threads: a commitment to peaceful resolution of conflict whenever possible and a commitment to self-improvement through Aikido training.
Aikido emphasizes evasion and circular/spiral redirection of an attacker's aggressive force into throws, pins and immobilizations as a primary strategy rather than punches and kicks.
The primary strategic foundations of Aikido are:
- moving into a position off of the line of attack
- seizing control of the attacker's balance by means of leverage and timing
- applying a throw, pin, or other sort of immobilization (such as a wrist/arm lock)
Strikes (atemi) are not absent altogether from the strategic arsenal of the Aikidoist, but their use is primarily (though not exclusively) as a means of distraction. A strike is delivered in order to provoke a reaction from the aggressor, creating a window of opportunity, facilitating the application of a throw, pin, or other immobilization.