Aikido Lessons on Hydra Island Greece

Aikido is one of the martial arts enjoyed by the community of Hydra Island. Sensei, Jill Appert, holds lessons for adults weekly at the Old High School.

When: Every Tuesday from 14:00 - 15:30
 
Where: Old High School
 
What to wear?
A judo/karate top and trousers,
If you do not have them- loose sports clothing, with a thickish top that can be grabbed will do. 
Barefoot.   
 
How much are sessions?
First two sessions free. 
5 euros a class.
 
To contact Jill in English, Greek or French

What is Aikido?

It is a martial art, where one defends oneself without causing injury to the attacker. The training seeks to develop not only a strong individual but one with wisdom and energy. We try to avoid the use of frustration as the driving force of the relationship between partners and therefore promote well-being and wholeness, economy of movement, simplicity and balance (unity of body and respect for biomechanics).

 
Through its martial practice, Aikido’s objective is to improve relationships between people by developing the harmony of each individual.
 
One of O’Sensei’s favorite sayings was “Practice with fierce joy.” 
 
Relax, be patient with yourself, and train hard! 

What are Jill's philosophy and approach?

A  martial art views conflict not merely as a contest with others, but as an opportunity to forge oneself and overcome one’s true enemies, which are within. As a path of self-development, Aikido leads towards the integration of mind, body, and spirit – towards making us complete human beings, which not only benefits us, but also the people around us.
 
To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace.
 
Jill has been practising Aikido in France for many years and is Nidan, the second level of black belt, and followed teacher training before moving to Hydra.  Having begun Aikido later in life and not being particularly sportive, learning to fall was one of the biggest challenges, but the unending fascination with this intriguing martial art took her further than she ever expected to go that first day on the mats. 

Who can practice aikido?

Men, women, young, old, large, small. Preferably you are reasonably fit, willing to learn to fall and curious.
 
Aikido training is intended to promote physical and mental training, and repeatedly practised according to the proficiency level of each skill - so anyone can practice.

What are the benefits of Aikido practice?

They are many, physical, mental and spiritual, and can last a lifetime. Benefits include:
  • Increased balance, coordination, reaction and sense of timing; 
  • Improved posture, flexibility and aerobic conditioning; 
  • Increased self-awareness and a better ability to deal with stressful situations in a calmer and more positive manner; 
  • Greater self-confidence and self-discipline, with the constant challenge of self-development and learning new skills. 
  • To break or change old habits and conditioning; 
and to have a greater intuitive understanding of ourselves and the world around us. 
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