In the Art of Ki Aikido, there is no aggression, tension or competition. The purpose of the practice is to learn to co-ordinate our mind and body through enjoyable exercise which will enhance the quality of our lives. The unique principles in this art are directly applicable to our daily lives. They give us a practical method of dealing with many problems that we may face.
Ki means “Life Force”, the natural energy common to all living plants and animals.
In today’s society, many people have a highly pressurized lifestyle which can cause tension, fear and worry. This can create physical ailments such as a backache, headache, migraine and mental strain. When the mind is disturbed or we have physical tension we withdraw our power.
We can learn through the Ki exercises to obtain a calm mind and relaxed body enabling our power to be fully extended. Rather than depending solely on pills or doctors for common ailments, we can help ourselves through specific exercises, breathing and meditation and so create a happier life.
Aikido means: “Way of Life to find Harmony with Nature (Life force)” and consists of exercises with a partner and all the stretching and exercises come naturally within the individual’s physical limits. These exercises simulate problems in daily life. We learn that force and aggression are useless in dealing with a partner holding you. Physical strength is of no consequence in Aikido.
The teaching method has been specially developed by Sensei Williams. This allows students to relate with greater ease what is being taught on the mat to the outside world and into the students daily life.