Shukan News 26th March

Griffith Aikido Brisbane – learn Aikido the art of peace

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1. Being a new student to Aikido

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Chris is our beginner’s instructor this month

At Griffith Aikido institute we welcome new students and even run a monthly Beginner’s Course. We believe that Aikido is for everyone – male, female, young and old. It is universally known as ‘the art of peace’, so we want as many people as possible to at least experience it.

We know that Aikido is not for everyone but you’ll never know unless you try it. We also know that for many, Aikido has been the world’s best kept secret. We never tire of hearing how people are so grateful that they found this beautiful art.

Aikido is self, defence, self development and friendship without the pushups and situps.

But be careful in your search for a suitable dojo. You will see some dojos advertise that they are seeking to attract the ‘serious’ student. In other words, they are looking for students who have previous training.

What they are really saying is that they don’t have the teaching resources to cope with beginners. With only one or two instructors at best, lessons are often aimed at the higher grades. New students are largely ignored and left to muddle through. It can be soul destroying.

Every Aikido student in the world can describe the confusion felt in the first few weeks of training. Everyone needs extra help in the early days. Although the basis of Aikido is natural movement, most people have never consciously moved that way before. It feels stiff and awkward at first.

griffith-aikido-8At Griffith Aikido Institute, we make it easy for new students by offering a special beginner’s course at our Nathan dojo. From your very first lesson, you will have your own dedicated (and very friendly) instructor who will show you the basics during the first month of your Aikido career.

We limit our intake to 8 beginner students each month. As a general rule, between 50%-70% of the students who start the beginner’s course, decide to continue and graduate into the main class.

So if you are looking for Aikido in Brisbane come give us a try. You will be welcomed with a friendly smile as you walk through the door.

Call 0413 664 611 or email us at info@griffithaikido.com.au. Simply pay online at the ‘payments’ page http://griffithaikido.com.au/payments/ and come along to the Beginner’s course on the first Tuesday of the month.

2. Morihei Ueshiba – a short documentary

This is an old Japanese documentary about the life and work of Morihei Ueshiba. This short movie was made in 1961 when O sensei is 78 years old. These original scenes are from the relatively few available that show the genius of O sensei, Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido.

3. Thought for the week

“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” Robert Schuller