We practice a variety of techniques and movements that can be used in a variety of ways, depending on the attack. We begin with basic techniques, and continue to practice them as we learn more advanced techniques. Basic Aikido principles apply to all techniques, whether basic or advanced, so as a student’s skill progresses, the more effective every technique becomes.
For many beginning students, just learning to fall and roll properly (ukemi), and with confidence, is among the most satisfying early experiences. Over time, it becomes second nature, and many Aikido students have avoided injury after falling in real life— from climbing or descending steps, hiking over rough ground, or just walking the uneven sidewalks of New Orleans!