THE BENEFITS Aikido provides excellent training for a strong and flexible body, exercising every limb and joint without demanding unnatural body-building preparations. Being a martial art rather than a sport, it preserves a lot of traditional, ethical and spiritual values. This cultivates a sharp, calm, focused, yet humble and flexible mind. Through constant training, one will come to appreciate the true heart of Aikido instruction: not to be shaken by anything and on the mat and put to use in everyday life. As the founder puts it aptly in last words, ‘I am but a beginner in Aikido’.