Aikido is an advanced self-defence system originally only available to the Samurai elite. Its Founder, Morihei Ueshiba, said it was for “the loving protection of all beings”. It teaches ways for incapacitating attackers by striking nerve centers and/or throwing them to the ground, plus inescapable locks. This enables practitioners to defend against bigger, stronger attackers, making it ideal for trainees of all ages, fitness levels and martial art experience. Its basic techniques are easy to learn.