Iwama Style Aikido is often recognized for its extensive use of kihon, or static training, in the early learning stages. A student will begin with holds from a solid position to properly learn the basic mechanics of Aikido techniques and movements. From there, we will help you develop stability and precision, enabling you to move effectively into ki no nagare, or flowing, joint locks and throws associated with Aikido. Integrated with open-hand training, weapons practice with bokken and jo (sword and staff), helps to better understand weight distribution and use of the hips in movement. Weapons practice also helps you learn to extend the range of control beyond the limits of your own body, which is key in understanding how to redirect the energy of an attacker.