Women in Aikido
It is often assumed that women, because of an average
man's greater physical strength, have a harder time
defending themselves. In fact, in Aikido, because they are
on average shorter, have a lower centre of gravity and are
more intuitive to the use of ki, they are often better at
Aikido than their male counterparts. It is only because
society tends to make women think that they are weak that
they don't realise their potential.
Note how relaxed Monica looks compared to Paul and Ben!
In Ancient Japan, a samurai had to remain calm and
composed, even when confronted by a life and death
situation. We realise the benefits of this in today's
world, because remaining calm and relaxed helps us retain
good self-control and so deal with the stress of
day-to-day life better. We learn how to do this in
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