Here are answers to popular questions that are asked by people who have visited Martin Acton's Aikido Institute:
Is Aikido suitable for men & women?
Yes, it is absolutely suitable because we are not fighting and using brute force to put an opponent down. We are learning to deal with the aggression in a positive manner and resolve it in a win-win outcome.
Is Aikido an effective martial art?
Yes it is. However you will need to practice diligently for a while to incarnate that for yourself.
Do I need to buy a uniform right away?
No you don't. You can try the classes for a month and then if you are happy to continue then you can invest in buying a uniform.
Why do you bow so much in Aikido?
The bowing is to show respect, trust & acceptance of others. To bow indicates an open-minded attitude and a willingness to learn from one's teachers and fellow students. It is customary to bow in Japan.
I am over 40 years old is that too late to start Aikido?
No it isn't Aikido is practiced by people of all ages. We have one lady in her mid 60's that comes and studies with us.
Do you wear coloured belts in Aikido?
The coloured belts are only for children in Aikido. In traditional Aikido adults wear white belts in all ranks until they reach shodan
(black belt). The reason for this is to de-emphasize the importance of outward accomplishment & to promote a more internal awareness along with introspection of personal achievement.