UT AIKIDO CLUB
Please assist the UT Aikido Club in raising money for more opportunities and experience in practicing aikido for its members. UT Aikido Club provides its members with weekly classes to build self-defense skills, as well as a low cardio exercise. Our aim is to improve the coordination of the mind and body as well as improve endurance towards everyday stresses.
Background - Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art that focuses on self-defense and using the opponent’s energy against them. In other words, aikido is the art of controlling the balance of yourself and of your opponent. It was developed by Morihei Ueshiba with the goal to defend against an attacker without injuring them. Established in 1972, the UT Aikido Club has a long history of teaching students the techniques of this art. As there are many styles of aikido, the six coaches also provide a variety of different ways to practice. At its most gentle, aikido helps one remain calm in stressful situations; at its most strenuous, aikido is the art of dancing with a partner out to kill you.
Fundraising Initiative – The UT Aikido Club hopes to continue providing its services to the UT Austin community and beyond. As such, the club wishes to expand on current activities and provide new training opportunities for its members. Proper equipment is also very important so that all our members are safe during practices. Proper floor matting and practice weapons are essential in learning techniques fully and safely. You can support the club by giving a small donation to ensure this beloved martial art continues at UT Austin.