Is Aikido the martial art for me?
To which there is no easy answer, as it depends what you are looking for. It’s definitely a martial art, so that means there are self defence techniques taught which would be useful should the need arise.
Some of the exercises we practise might not seem like self defence at first but becomes more apparent the more you practise.
The training does include rolling and breakfalling; techniques used to advance the intensity of training. Some people find this aspect of training difficult at first but with perseverance this can add to your enjoyment of the training.
We don’t do competitions in this style of Aikido as it can eliminate some people from training. Aikido should be for everybody. Obviously, if you are young and fit, training is easier to handle, but there is room on the mat for everyone willing to try, and techniques can be adapted.
The Japanese side of things are reflected in the etiquette (how you train with each other), the terminology, and the stylised forms.