“Do not fight if you can't win”
The traditional Aikido training consists of Taijutsu (empty hand techniques) and Bukiwaza (weapon techniques).
The basic training includes a real attack of a partner, a technique always follows the attack. This is the first step on your way. Each lesson starts with tai no henko and morote dori kokyunage exercising. Within these two techniques you can learn how to turn round, keep the balance and harmonize your movements. Then the following techniques can be taught.
In our dojo we put an accent on the connection between empty hand and weapon techniques. Empty hand techniques are derived from sword techniques. Bokken (a wooden sword), jo (a stick) and tanto (a knife) are used in Iwama ryu. Weapon techniques help to develop stronger constitution and improve such skills as a better fight distance estimation and a firm poise.
One of the main concepts of aikido is using Kiai – a fight shout. Kiai is not mere shouting but the absolute concentration of all internal energy. The aim of Kiai is the infighter's putting in fear, strenghtening the body for more efficient elimination of any kind of attack. Kiai is a result of right abdominal breathing.
One part of the training is also Negishi ryu – shuriken's art, which only advanced students are taught.