Aikido is a form of martial arts just like Taekwando, Hapkido, and Krav Maga. Ben White started Aikido at the age of 40 and shares his insights on his experience of the sport. Aikido is very fast and demands a lot on the body. White says that people are usually intimidated because of the harsh flips and falls that are encountered while training. He reassures readers that the Sensei’s know what they are doing and will show the proper technique.
- As an older student, one Aikido disciple noted that students in his age range seemed especially unsure regarding their ability to learn to “break fall.”
- The disciple realized that the concern was misplaced, and like every other technique it eventually clicked into place.
- Not unlike other disciplines, like weight lifting, break falling strengthens the body and initiates greater flexibility, as would be the case with Yoga, or Pilates.
“Taking Aikido as a new student and at over the age of 40 is an interesting experience.”