Women in Aikido | Aikido Lessons

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In Aikido we all practice together. So women practice with men. Men practice with men. Women practice with women. And women are very capable of throwing men, and men can throw women.

Many progressive men think that women are better at Aikido than they are. And perhaps they’re right in thinking that. Aikido, in some ways, is based on not using too much muscle. Of course, we all use muscle when we move our bodies. But women are more attuned, are less strong. So we have to have better position, better timing, better technique in Aikido than men. Because when we’re mostly working with men, they’re stronger than we are, and bigger than we are.

And so, as a woman in Aikido, it has been very interesting, because, you know, you’re around a lot of guys. I’ve been around men for 32 years, a lot on the mat. I teach men on the mat. I practice with men. And it’s forced me to be very precise. But I must say that my training in Aikido has turned me into a real feminist. And by that, I know it’s kind of a retro term. But what I mean by that is that I’ve empowered myself. I’ve proven myself over and over. I’ve faced my fears. I’ve learned to accept people for who they are, and accept myself. But I’m not afraid of people. And so when I practice, I just go for it. And that’s what I kind of try to encourage other women to do.

So when women come to the dojo, it’s hard for grown ups. You know, it’s scary to fall down and get up. But once you master that, Aikido is really fun. And it’s a great, you can practice all over the world. There’s Aikido everywhere.



  1. @Aiki Mann : in Jujitsu, Judo and Aikido we uses mat in practice, to reduce injuries. Even on the mat there are sometimes broken bones, minor injuries and dislocation. Do u really think people should start practicing on cement floor, genius?  

  2. Ladies and gentlemen,

    The mat IS NOT reality. It is one thing to work out on the mat with a cooperative partner; it's yet another thing to defend against someone who really intends to hurt you. To "prove yourself" on the mat means nothing.

    She really sounds like fighting and inferiority complex.

  3. When I visited japan for aikido, we met a female practitioner who had the most amazing style I've seen, it was incredibly strong, but wierdly enough also incredibly soft. One would enter the technique and then you'd be on the floor and you never even felt the transition. No male I have trained with has ever come close to that.

  4. I'm a male Aikidoist. Been training for 6 years total and the best training partners that I've had are 1.) high ranking male practitioners and 2.) women.
    Yes, women in Aikido give even the most testosterone pumped guys a run for their money. Most martial arts were made for smaller/weaker people overcoming bigger adversaries – so women being good at Aikido is a no brainer.

    And for the guys here who want sandwiches from women – man the fuck up and make your own damn sandwich.

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