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Shinai (竹刀 ,しない?) is a weapon used for practice and competiton in kendo and are meant to represent a Japanese sword. Shinai are also used in other martial arts, but may be styled differently from kendo shinai, and represented with different characters.
The word "shinai" is derived from the verb shinau (撓う ,しなう?), meaning "to bend, to flex", and was originally short for shinai-take (flexible bamboo). Shinai is written with the kanji 竹刀, meaning "bamboo sword", and is an irregular kanji reading.
In kendo, the majority of students use one shinai. This kendo style has its roots in the tradition of the ittō (一刀 ,いっとう?), or one-sword school. However, some kendoka choose to use two shinai, called ni-tō (二刀 ,にとう?), a style that has its roots in the two-sword schools of swordsmanship. A ni-to combatant uses a long shinai called the daitō (大刀 ,だいとう?), which usually held in the left hand, and a shorter shinai, called the shōtō (小刀 ,しょうとう?), which is usually held in the right hand.
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Aikido is a modern Japanese Martial Art and is very different from disciplines such as Karate, Kick Boxing, Taekwondo, Kung Fu, MMA, BJJ, Kempo and Krav Maga where there is emphasis on kicking, punching or wrestling.
Aikido is an extremely efficient self defence (also as Self-Defence Women London) system utilising balance-taking and posture-breaking movements to achieve joint locks, pins and throws. It contains elements of Ju Jitsu, Kendo, Judo and other budo.
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Aikido is essentially a non-violent Martial art system that encourages the avoidance of confrontation and harmony with an aggressor. The classes are well attended with Aikido students always on the mat and aimed at all levels, from beginner to advanced but everyone is welcome to come along regardless of fitness or experience.
Our Aikido students work at their own pace during the training sessions and no one is forced into doing anything they are not comfortable with.
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