It is the objective of Aikido to contribute to the quality of our society by encouraging a chivalric and moral code of behaviour.
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 movements. 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 time is practical, energetic and FUN!
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.