“How Would You Describe Aikido?” by Mark Machin

“It’s quite common to be asked questions from friends, colleagues or potentially new joiners to a club about Aikido and if it’s suitable for a particular person. Some of these questions can be difficult to answer, or at least very difficult to provide with an honest and simple response. Questions may include ‘Does it work?’, ‘Is it the best Martial Art?’, ‘Is Aikido right for me?’ or ‘How long to achieve black belt?’

As we are aware these questions are not that simple to answer so how should we handle queries like these? The clue to answering these questions come from the categorisation of Aikido as martial art. We’ll consider the ‘art’ wording to deduce a few answers.”

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