Please allow me to recommend my Dojo.  It’s affiliated to the Aikikai, but we train in the traditional Iwama style.  This means that we pay a lot of attention to the detail of the basic forms (kihon waza), including training with the sword and staff (ken and jo). If you don’t know what Aikido is, then basically, it is a Japanese martial art in which the practitioner harmonises with an assailant’s energy to use it against him – or her, since many women practise Aikido, and because it does not rely on brute strength, do so at no disadvantage. I’ve been practising for many years and never intend to give up. Mens sana and all that. Do give it a try!  

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