Aikido is useful as part of an overall fitness program. The practice of techniques and the resulting falls
and then returning to one’s feet provide both aerobic and anaerobic exercise, especially once one becomes proficient enough to train at a brisk pace. For most people, however, typically going to the dojo twice a week is not enough activity to arrive at the necessary level of movement to meet even the minimum standards recommended by health professionals. It is important to find time to develop stamina, strength, and flexibility outside of class time. In class these can be the foundation of learning power, balance, and agility. Together these qualities contribute to overall well being.

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