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What are the benefits of doing aikido over another martial art?

What are the benefits of doing aikido over another martial art?

Can be weak: "aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical strength"( taken from wikipedia) it has a philosophic and spiritualmunder pinning. ...Read more

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Is it common to get injured when doing aikido? If so, what are the most common injuries?

Is it common to get injured when doing aikido? If so, what are the most common injuries?

A wide range: Any sport or exercise can cause injuries when you are first learning the techniques. A person who has not been very active will of course get more injuries than one who is exercising frequently. The primary injuries are what you would expect in any contact sport: sprains, bruises, ligamentous injuries, broken bones and necks. There have been instances in japan of deaths from this sport. Please be. ...Read more

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How does aikido affect your physical health?

How does aikido affect your physical health?

Yes: Ensure that you are cleared by your physician as healthy enough to do aikido. It can have postive health effects. ...Read more

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Should i start aikido if i want to get in shape?

Should i start aikido if i want to get in shape?

Exercise is good: Any form of exercise is good for conditioning. Aikido is useful and the big problem with exercise is sustaining it. If aikido maintains your interest so you will continue it, then it can be helpful. Start slowly and carefully so you do not injure yourself prematurely. ...Read more

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Will doing shodokan aikido be a good workout for my abs, pecks and muscles?

Will doing shodokan aikido be a good workout for my abs, pecks and muscles?

Yes,but: Most all forms of martial arts are an excellent workout, but i would add in some additional core strengthening and a variety of push ups to your aikido routine. ...Read more

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Between kickboxing and aikido, which one would let you get into better overall shape?

Between kickboxing and aikido, which one would let you get into better overall shape?

Probably kickboxing: I've done both, and both are excellent forms of exercise. Aikido "tends" to be a little less of a physical workout, but that can vary with the school. It does take muscles to roll and take a fall, but the throws themselves are meant to be done without having to use a lot of muscle. Kickboxing on the other hand focuses a lot on cardio and tends to be more nonstop so you burn more calories. ...Read more

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Hey docs, should I practice aikido if I have pharyngitis and acute otitis media (an ear infection)?

Hey docs, should I practice aikido if I have pharyngitis and acute otitis media (an ear infection)?

No: An ear infection can affect balance and equilibrium, characteristics critical in martial arts. You can hurt yourself or be hurt if not fully recovered. Give it some time. ...Read more

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Am I dying?

Am I dying?

We all are: A 3-word question with no details... well, life is short on Earth, regardless of whether a person lives 3 days, 3000 days, or 30,000 days. It is not length of one's life that matters, but the quality of the life lived. The goal is not to live a long life, but to live a good life. Even if a person makes it all the way to age 82, that's only 30,000 days. ...Read more