Aikido is a self defense martial art emphasizing the continuous connection between the persons practicing a technique. The attacked party (nage) controls the attacker (uke) by redirecting their energy and intent, rather than clashing with them head-on, thus resolving the conflict in a energy-efficient way.
We practice open-hand technique (throws, locks, pins), as well as weapons -- wooden sword (bokken), knife (tanto), and staff (jo).
Aikido is a non-competitive martial art. We usually practice techniques with a partner, with each party taking turns to do and receive the technique. Testing and promotion are achieved through the demonstration of various techniques appropriate to the level of the practitioner.
We always welcome beginners! If you are interested in learning more about Aikido, you are welcome to come to one of our practice sessions to observe a class, talk to the members of the club, or try doing some techniques yourself! Make sure you wear loose clothes such as sweat pants and a t-shirt if you don't have an Aikido uniform. Practice is open to IU students/faculty/staff and to the public. All backgrounds and experience levels are welcome!
Meeting times and locations are:
Mondays and Wednesday: 7:30pm - 9:00pm, HPER 095
Saturday: 10:00am - 11:30am, HPER 095
In addition, IU offers a 1 credit Aikido class, HPER 153. Refer to the IU Registrar's website about enrollment and scheduling information.