Aikido is a Japanese martial art that is characterised by smooth and circular movements. Its origin lies in the ancient art of Samurai sword fencing. Aikido is about disturbing an attacker’s balance while staying calm and centred, which allows you to blend with the attack and effectively redirect it using smooth and seemingly effortless movements. Body positioning, coordination and flexibility are more important than strength and weight, which means that everyone can practice aikido.

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During this ticket hour, you will learn the basic aikido forms and techniques. The lesson starts with a warming-up, which consists of stretching, breathing and footwork exercises as well as practising how to roll and fall safely. Subsequently, you practice exercises with a partner. This contact and interaction will gradually help you master the techniques and the physical and mental attitude of aikido. This ticket hour is suited for participants of all levels.

Schedule & Enrolment

Teacher

Mark Disco

After Mark took Aikodo lessons all around the world, he started a education (recognized by NOC NSF and Aikodo Netherlands) to become an assistant teacher Aikodo. He completed his education in 2012. Since 2018, Mark has held a third degree black belt, recognized by the Aikikai headquarters in Japan.

The advanced lessons are suitable for those who have mastered the basic aikido movements and can roll and fall safely. During these lessons, you will learn advanced aikido movements and techniques and you will work towards a more dynamic and fluent execution of them. You will also practice using wooden swords, which will improve your perception of distances, lines and pivots.

Schedule & Enrolment

Teacher

Mark Disco

After Mark took Aikodo lessons all around the world, he started a education (recognized by NOC NSF and Aikodo Netherlands) to become an assistant teacher Aikodo. He completed his education in 2012. Since 2018, Mark has held a third degree black belt, recognized by the Aikikai headquarters in Japan.