Aikido has its roots in many other martial arts (sword, jujitsu, etc.). It also has a lot iof movements in common with Tai Chi and Yoga. Most folks today view Tai Chi and Yoga as non-combat forms practiced mainly for their health benefits. However, if we reach just a little further back, we would discover that both Tai Chi and Yoga were also rooted in the combat arts.
For those eager to understand why the ancient yogis were also powerful martial artists, we encourage you, if you are in the Boston area on Sept 19th, to attend a special seminar given at Shobu Aikido of Boston. This is an all day seminar (9AM-noon, 2PM-4PM).
The seminar will be taught by Rob Liberti Sensei, head instructor for Shobu Aikido of Connecticut. He has been training in the Martial Arts for 30 years. Rob Sensei runs three dojos including programs at Yale University and the University of Connecticut. He is known for his beginner-friendly explanations and practical techniques.
The focus of the seminar is to demonstrate how yoga practice, internal stretching, body posture and Ki focus has powerful self-defense applications. Anyone with an understanding of Yoga can discover confidence-building exercises and simple techniques to create effortless power. Specific stretches and other 'take-home' exercises will be taught so that these ancient techniques can be practiced at home and incorporated into other practices. [Permalink] - Yoga and Aikido
BTW...No Martial Arts experience needed. This seminar is suitable for for all ages, shapes and sizes women & men. (No impact practice)
Cost: $40 entire day - AM + PM Classes
Morning Only - $25
NOTE: Yoga mat and blocks helpful but not necessary