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Art of control

Wednesday, 29th July, 2015

Aikido Sensei Muhammad Dexter fends off a knife attack from Senpai (student) Adam Purdy. The Martial Art Centre is opening on Monday and will be holding Aikido demonstrations tomorrow and Saturday. Aikido Sensei Muhammad Dexter fends off a knife attack from Senpai (student) Adam Purdy. The Martial Art Centre is opening on Monday and will be holding Aikido demonstrations tomorrow and Saturday.

By Darrin Manuel

The Japanese self-defence art of Aikido will soon be available to locals with the upcoming launch of The Martial Art Centre.

Aikido is a specialised martial art that focuses on countering attackers, rather than aggressive kicks and punches.

The attacker’s momentum is used against them, and throws and joint locks are used to subdue opponents rather than striking them.

Aikido has gained particular prominence in the West through actor Steven Seagal, who employs the style along with karate in a variety of action films.

“It teaches you to protect yourself, and also to control violence without hurting the other person,” said Sensei and third-Dan black belt, Muhammad Dexter.

“And it’s not a strength based movement, the weaker person can control a much stronger opponent.”

Sensei Dexter said the sport was ideal for anyone five years and up, and could be learned for self defence or just fun and fitness.

He said the discipline, stretching and relaxation techniques learned through Aikido can also prove useful in everyday life.

Demonstrations of Aikido will be held at the back of Sufi Books of Broken Hill (Bromide Street entrance) from 6.30pm tomorrow and midday Saturday.

It is also hoped that movement exercise classes, meditation, and specialised ladies self-defence sessions will be held in the future.

The first Aikido classes will begin on Monday, and those interested are encouraged to come along to one of the demonstrations or contact The Martial Art Centre on 0434 065 802, dojo@themartialartcentre.com.au, or by searching on Facebook.

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