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BEGINNER’S
 
HANDBOOK
Chief Instructors:Paul Linden, 5th DanPeggy Berger, 4th Dan
3003 Silver DriveColumbus, OH 43224263-1111 • 262-3355paullinden@aol.comwww.being-in-movement.com
Aikido of  Columbus 
 
Welcome to Aikido of Columbus.
 We are pleased to welcome you to our Aikido community. Aikido is an inexhaustible source of wonder and enjoyment, but the practice may bevery different from anything you have ever done before. The only way to understand Aikido is through physical practice, but this guide will help you begin to develop anunderstanding of Aikido and the way we practice the art. It will also provide answersto some of the questions that may arise for you as you observe Aikido or begin thepractice of Aikido.Once you start practicing, don’t feel that you have to memorize the information in thisbeginner’s handbook. It is here to help you, just in case you have some questions.If you have any questions about what you are doing, seeing or feeling as you enterinto the world of Aikido practice, ask. Ask the advanced students, or ask theinstructors. Asking questions will help you understand what you are practicing. Aikido: The Way of Harmonious Energy ......................................................... 2 Aikido: A Brief Etymology ................................................................................. 3 What a Typical Class is Like .............................................................................. 4Common Questions About Aikido .................................................................... 5Head Instructors ............................................................................................... 6Columbus Center for Movement Studies ......................................................... 7Practice Information .......................................................................................... 9Policy on Blood-Borne Pathogens ..................................................................... 11 Aikido as Physical Exercise ................................................................................ 13Centered Movement .......................................................................................... 14Basic Hand and Foot patterns ........................................................................... 15 What Can I Practice at Home? ........................................................................... 17 Aikido Practice .................................................................................................... 20Common Challenges .......................................................................................... 22Dojo Participation & Meetings .......................................................................... 24 Aikido Vocabulary ............................................................................................. 26 Aikido history .................................................................................................... 31Memoir of the Master ......................................................................................... 37Rank & Testing .................................................................................................. 40
Copyright © Paul Linden 1996
 
 Aikido of Columbus Beginners Handbook2
AIKIDO
 
is a modern Japanese martial art especially suited to the needs of today. It is anon-violent form of self-defense and a discipline of mind/body awareness andintegration. Aikido defense techniques consist primarily of joint locks and throws andare based on receiving the attacker with compassion and going along with the power of the attack to defeat aggression. Aikido is not a tool for “winning.” There are no matches or competitions. Its smooth,circular, and flowing techniques use body wisdom and inner energy rather thanrequiring great muscular power and speed. Aikido can be practiced and enjoyed byanyone regardless of age, size or strength. Aikido is an enjoyable learning adventurecarried out in a mutually supportive atmosphere. Because students move and learn attheir own pace, Aikido is an effective form of exercise and relaxation that people cancontinue for their whole life. Aikido offers a practical and effective form of self-defense that aims at protectingyourself without hurting another human being. The goal of Aikido is to learn to moveand live in a state of power, gentleness, freedom, and harmony.
CHILDREN’S AIKIDO
classes use Aikido games as well as formal defense techniquesto create a fun-filled learning situation. Basic self-defense is covered, though it isstrongly emphasized that fighting is not a game and should be avoided if at allpossible. Through cooperative, non-competitive, non-violent martial art training,children gain an understanding of how to get along with others and how to resolveconflicts in a humane way. The Aikido methods of body awareness and coordinationhelp children improve their performance in everything they do, from soccer to violin. And the training in relaxation and concentration help children in such things ashomework or paying attention in school.
Aikido isNon-violent self-defenseNon-competitive movement practiceCompassionate conflict resolutionMind/body awareness and integrationRelaxation and good exerciseBeautiful flowing movement• Fun
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