For those who decide to practice Aikido

Если вы хотите заниматься айкидо

For those who decide to practice Aikido

In the life of every person there comes a moment when he decides to try something new for himself. If you decide to sign up for aikido in Kyiv, then we will be glad to see you in our club. And for your convenience, we decided to collect all the most frequently asked questions in one article and answer them.

The list of questions from people looking to start training tends to be very similar. And here are the key ones:

  • I have poor physical shape. Does it matter?
  • What should I wear for the first lesson?
  • Do you have individual training sessions?
  • Is there a division into male and female groups?
  • How are the lessons going?
  • Can I handle it?

Today we will try to answer them as much as possible.

Physical shape

Физическая форма в айкдо

Very often we are faced with the fact that a person who wants to enroll in a gym is not in the best physical shape. And the question is whether this will not be a problem to start training. But this is where the answer lies. After all, people go in for sports in order to improve their shape, increase endurance and more.

You always have to start somewhere. Even if you have not been doing anything, this will not be a problem. It’s never too late to clean up yourself. It all depends only on your desire. Undoubtedly, in training, you will get the load. But no one will require you to maintain the pace and level of those who have been regularly engaged for a long time. We always focus on the personal condition of each student. Therefore, you will be able to gradually take shape, starting from your initial data.

We are not an Olympic sport. Our goal is not medals and cups. Our task is to help everyone who is engaged to become better than himself. And this must be done in stages and systematically, without sudden jumps, so as not to harm. So even if you lead a sedentary lifestyle, you can be calm – we will help you gradually get in shape.

Age restrictions in aikido

One of the most important features of aikido in general, as well as Applied Aikido in particular, is the absence of age restrictions. It makes no difference at what age to start. It all depends on what goals you set for yourself. People of completely different ages come to us. You can start at the age of 20 and 50. You can read more about this in our article Is it too late to start aikido classes at 30, 40, 50 or later?. The main thing is your desire to move. In training, you will receive:

  • the load corresponding to your initial level of physical fitness;
  • an opportunity to escape from your own daily troubles and “switch” your head;
  • friendly staff and good-natured atmosphere.

Nobody has canceled the simple truth that movement is life. And if you decide to move and develop, then it does not matter at all what date is written in your passport.

Individual training and division into male and female groups

We are also often faced with questions about whether we conduct individual training, as well as whether we have a division into male and female groups. We would like to answer both of these questions at the same time.

We do not have a division into male and female groups, and we also do not conduct individual lessons. The reason is very simple. The training process in our club is built in such a way that the effect is as high as possible.

What are the benefits of individual training?

  • attention of the coach;
  • personal approach;
  • individual load.

But we are ready to give all this within the framework of the general group. During training in our club, several coaches are always present at the same time. As a result, we manage to pay attention to everyone. This way you always get the coach’s attention. Each of our coaches has their own characteristics and their own approach. Well, we have already talked about physical activity. It is also dosed depending on how long you have been doing it. So even within the general group, we try to pay maximum attention to everyone.

We also do not practice the division into male and female groups. Everything is very simple: firstly, we do not consider it expedient. Secondly, let’s be honest, the effectiveness of training only increases when there is an opportunity to work out techniques with partners of different sizes. It’s one thing to work with your usual weight. And it is completely different to try to make a technique on a person who is bigger and stronger than you. On partners of different heights. There are some peculiarities in working with someone who is lighter than you. After all, this diversity helps to develop and improve.

It is for these reasons that we believe that group sessions will be most effective. Where you will definitely get the attention of the coaching staff, where more experienced students will always be able to help beginners, and where there is an opportunity to work out techniques on “opponents” from different weight categories.

Clothes for the first training session

By far the most comfortable training garment is the training gi, or kimono as it is called. But for going on a trial workout and at the first stages of training, comfortable sportswear will be enough for you. Shorts or pants that will allow you to move freely, and a T-shirt.

In this case, it is much more important that you decide to start practicing, and not what you come to class in.

If you have already been involved in this or that kind of martial arts and you still have an old kimono, then you can also absolutely safely take it with you to training. The only thing that matters is that if you have passed any certification in other types of martial arts, you will need to take a white belt with you to our classes.

If, over time, you decide to buy a kimono, in this article we will tell you exactly how to choose a training gi and when to get it: Aikido uniform: when to buy a kimono.

Training process

The training process in our club necessarily consists of several stages:

  • warm-up;
  • exercise stress;
  • practicing basic movements of Applied Aikido;
  • somersaults;
  • practicing self-defense techniques.

Any part of the workout is very important. A good warm-up allows the body to “warm up”, prepare the body for further training, and is the basis for a good exercise. The main goals and objectives of the warm-up:

  • improving the ability of muscles to contract and stretch;
  • reducing the likelihood of injury during training;
  • increasing the effectiveness of the further part of the training;
  • preparing the body for further stress and more.

The essence is very simple. By correctly warming up all muscle groups, we smoothly increase the flow of oxygen and the movement of blood through the body, as a result of which the temperature in the muscle tissues also rises. If any part of the body has been injured, then warm-up should be given more attention and thoroughly warmed up.

Aikido training for adults and children is structured in such a way that in the process a person uses almost all the muscles of his body, therefore, warm-up should always be given special attention and be sure to warm up completely.

After the warm-up, we pay attention to physical activity aimed at:

  • increased muscle tone;
  • health promotion;
  • improving the physical qualities of the body;
  • maintenance of tone, firmness and elasticity of tissues.

Physical activity is always dosed. And at the initial stage of training, it can be reduced in order to gradually gain form. It all depends on the initial qualities and well-being of the trainee.

The next stage in the training process is always movement. All work in aikido is based on movement. Applied Aikido is no exception. After all, it is this part of the training process that is the basis for the further execution of self-defense techniques. With the right movement, we redirect the enemy’s attack and momentum towards us in order to use it against himself. Therefore, we have always paid, continue to pay and will pay attention to movement during training, so that they become familiar to the body of the practitioner.

Also, an obligatory part of the training process is to practice somersaults and the ability to fall correctly. Many adults come to training with the words that they are afraid of somersaults. This is often due to negative experiences at school or at school age. Also, we can often observe the fear of somersaults in children. Our task:

  • teach somersaults correctly. Thus, minimizing any possibility of injury;
  • help overcome the fear that usually holds the body and increases the risk of injury due to tightness and muscle tension.

Кувырки в айкидо

In aikido training for adults and children, we will not practice complex acrobatic elements. But we will definitely teach you the correct rolls and somersaults. From the simplest to the most complex. We will learn to fall correctly in order to minimize any possibility of injury. Gradually and step by step overcome fear. Again, we are not an Olympic team and we can pay enough attention to everyone to make this process as effective as possible, no matter how long it takes.

And, of course, the most basic part of the training is practicing self-defense techniques according to the Radojica Spasovic system, Applied Aikido. Our trainers will be happy to help, advise and teach everyone.

We’ll also start with the basics. From the simplest and most basic techniques that will be the foundation and support for the further path of comprehending this direction. The most important thing is not to rush anywhere, trust the coach and remember that a good base is the key to quality work in the future.

The coaching staff, instructors and senior students of the Club of Applied Aikido “Lazar” are always happy to share all the best practices and knowledge received from our Teachers and Masters.

Someone may worry about such questions:

  • will I succeed;
  • will I learn to do what is needed;
  • is it mine and not only.

In this case, we can safely say “the road will be mastered by the walking one.” Everything is in your hands and depends on your desire. We will be happy to share the knowledge we have gained and teach everything that we can do ourselves. Yes, something may not work right away. Yes, sometimes it will seem that nothing is working out. We do not promise to make you a Great Master in 2, 5 or 10 workouts. But it is perseverance and zeal that will allow you to reach any heights and any goals that you set for yourself.

Even we, the coaches, have difficult days when it seems that nothing is working out and everything falls out of hand. It is on such days that it is important not to give up and move forward. After all, it is not scary to fall a hundred times, the main thing is to rise one hundred and one. You can be sure that through perseverance and striving forward, you can achieve any goal. The main thing is not to stop. If you still have any questions, or want to know the schedule of classes and the location of our dojos, then all information can be found here. As well as telephone numbers for communication.

We will be glad to see you at Applied Aikido training at the Lazar club. Join us and let’s walk this Path together.