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Aikido, the peaceful art

Community, Arts & ArtisansJoanne Eisemann
Photo by Hayley Manning  Bodhi McSweeney and Martin Bratzel practising the art of Aikido.

Photo by Hayley Manning

Bodhi McSweeney and Martin Bratzel practising the art of Aikido.

By Hayley Manning

‘THOSE WHO are skilled in combat do not become angered, those who are skilled at winning do not become afraid. Thus the wise win before the fight, while the ignorant fight to win.’ O Sensei Morihei Ueshiba (1883– 1969).

Aikido, the Art of Peace, is a modern martial art created by Japanese Master Morihei Ueshiba. Despite being a powerful warrior, he was opposed to fighting aggression with aggression and viewed world peace as a better alternative.

Deloraine Aikido Aiki Kai School instructor of 30 years, Martin Bratzel, said the non-competitive martial art is based on strength building and natural movement.

‘We teach our students conflict resolution and harmonious methods of aggression control without hurting the attacker. Not surprisingly, it is ideal for corporate team building and school bullying.’

Aikido is an interactive way for individuals, families and children over eight to learn effective self defence, while rolling, stretching, getting fit and becoming more centred.

The Deloraine Aikido Aiki Kai School led by founder and Australia’s highest ranking Master Tony Smibert, will be hosting a free trial session on 16 October between 5 and 6pm.

Those interested should contact Bohdi McSweeney for more information on 0409 695 321.