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Aikido: The Way of Harmony

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This course is intended to be a fun and educational introduction to the Japanese martial art Aikido and its history and traditions. The course will introduce beginning Aikido techniques and demonstrate more advanced techniques, including breakfalls, throws and pins. The proper handling and use of buki (weapons), including bokken (wooden sword), jo (short staff) and tanto (wooden dagger) will be introduced. The course will also introduce the etiquette required in an Aikido dojo. The course will also explore the Japanese samurai tradition and the history of the development of modern forms of Aikido.