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Building a Civil Society with Martial Arts Training

“F**k you!” My Monday morning greeting from a third grader I was meeting for the first time as the substitute teacher in a suburban mid-west town.  I was struck by the intensity of his emotions. His face contorted with anger, body tensed with fear. What could cause such a reaction from an 8 year old? What was going on in his life that this was his way of communicating? How did he learn this behavior? How as a society have we allowed this behavior to become more and more common?

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Benefits of Aikido

There are obvious physical benefits to training.

  • Increase in aerobic conditioning
  • Greater Flexibilty
  • Tones Muscle
  • Better Balance
  • Quickening of reaction

There are other benefits that are a bit more subtle and take time to develop.  Increasingly we are seeing the benefits of bringing mindfulness training into our lives.  Aikido, often called a "moving meditation," is a great way to bring mindfulness into your life.  While practitioners of martial and meditative disciplines have long noted the aspects of calm awareness that comes with training only in recent times have studies been done that are beginning to recognize the mental, emotional, and physical health benefits of this type of training.  Watch this section as we share findings in the medical and scientific world that recognize the benefits of training in Aikido.

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