Aikido is a purely self-defensive Japanese martial art. It also 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.