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TITLE Aikido

LEVEL 00 - Mod Pre-Tert, Foundation, Proficiency & DegreePlus

ECTS CREDITS Not Applicable

DEPARTMENT Degree Plus Programme

DESCRIPTION Learning Objectives:

• To introduce students to basic principles in the practice of traditional Aikido;
• To provide students with the opportunity to explore some of the applications of this Japanese art through guided practice;
• To give participants an appreciation of posture, breathing and movement in relation to self and to others.


Aikido is a Japanese martial art often referred to as The Way of Harmony or The Way of Peace. While maintaining their martial origins, Aikido techniques are non-destructive and designed to protect practitioners and ‘opponents’ from injury or violence.

Throughout these 10 sessions we will have the opportunity to explore some of the basic principles governing the techniques. Participants will also be introduced to the basic weapons of Aikido.

Aikido training emphasises coordination of breath and movement and sessions often include overall stretching and ukemi (break falls). Whole-body exercises are typically preferred over power exercises that isolate muscles but practice is also dictated by one’s physical abilities and personal needs.

Traditional Aikido is a beautiful art that can be practiced by most anyone irrespective of age or physical strength.

Unit Material:

Appropriate unit material will be provided by the tutors during the sessions.


In keeping with the spirit of Degree Plus, there is no formal assessment associated with the unit. Assessment is based on participation and attendance.

ADDITIONAL NOTES This unit may not be offered if there are an insufficient number of applicants.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Attendance No 100%

LECTURER/S Joseph Noel Grima (Co-ord.)

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