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Monday, May 19, 2008

Aikido

It has been awhile since I practiced martial arts. The last time was Tae Kwon Do when I was about 13 and Karate sometime before that. Although I remember enjoying them, I think it was more about day care than lasting impressions as far as my parents were concerned. I have been getting a little bored with the gym lately and feeling a bit stiff as my muscle mass increase leaves my flexibility behind. After discovering the New Delhi Aikido Dojo through a friend I decided it was time to augment my usual workout regimen.

Aikido is a grappling art; there aren’t any kicks or punches. Almost everything is a throw or a hold. This is because the purpose of Aikido is to neutralize an attacker without causing permanent injury to either party. It is a contemporary martial art, created in the 20th century; though it suffers some criticism for its non-competitive nature.

I have been attending Aikido practice sessions for about a month now. The diversity of the other practitioners at our dojo is impressive, including many foreigners and women. It turns out that a business collegue of mine has been practicing Aikido at the dojo for almost 2 years, unknown to me! I was pleasantly surprised to see him there. As I start spending some of my time in China I may also try my hand at Kung Fu, but for now Aikido suits me just fine.

posted by Jesse at 6:25 pm  

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