Aikido is an excellent form of both physical and mental exercise. It is considered a “soft” art because of the lack of kicks and punches. Aikido is ideal for just about everyone, from teens to grandparents; it is especially attractive to women because it does not require the tremendous amount of strength required by other martial arts. Competition is not required to advance in Tomiki Aikido, but it does help sharpen your skills and provides a chance to practice what you have learned with other Aikido players.
Aikido is one of the most popular martial arts for self defense studied by civilians, police, and military around the world. People from all walks of life include aikido in their training due to its focus on non-lethal, effective, and efficient methods for subduing opponents. Like all martial arts, Tomiki Aikido can be deadly but commonly focuses on more peaceful methods of disarming, taking down, and controlling a skilled opponent.