Aikido Good For Your Health

Aikido classes at Raincoast Martial Arts in Port Hardy are good for your health

Inside the glass windows of the Raincoast Martial Arts dojo at 7210 Market Street in Port Hardy, a lesson in

leverage, torque, and body mechanics is about to take place. It’s Thursday, 6:45 P.M., and the adult Aikido

class is lined up on the mats, ready to commence training. Aikido, a Japanese self defence martial art

developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs, uses

flowing, circular movement to defend against the force of an attacker while turning their energy back upon

themselves. “Aikido is very much the easy way. It’s been found to be the easiest path,” said instructor Andrew

Hory, who has been training in the martial art for around 21 years now. “Martial arts give you a sense of

personal responsibility for everything, and I think Aikido is specifically a key thing that does that.” Jeanne Alley,

the other instructor who teaches at the dojo, wholeheartedly agreed, adding that from a women’s perspective,

Aikido is empowering because “you only need the ability to life 15 pds to be able to do it. It’s about learning to

move from your centre. You put your body in the right place, and you learn to own your space without

demanding.” Hory and Alley own and operate Raincoast Martial Arts, and they started off the adult class by

having everyone line up and bow to a picture of Ueshiba. The class then went into a brief set of warmups that

included stretches, forward and backward rolls, and japanese style punches. Then it was time for drilling

techniques.  Aikido techniques consist of entering and turning movements that redirect the momentum of an

opponent’s attack. The first technique shown by Hory was  a twisting joint lock into a takedown combination,

where the attacker’s wrist is rotated with so much torque they have no choice but to lay down flat on the

ground. Once on the ground, the attacker has nowhere to go and must concede defeat or his arm will be

broken. This is called a ‘pin’.The second technique taught was a variation on a standard head and arm throw,

where the attacker’s head is pushed down while their arm is extended up to the ceiling, creating so much

pressure that it flips the attacker head over heels onto their back. The third technique shown was a throw where

the attacker grabs onto the wrist with both hands, only to be tossed forward if they don’t let go. The class

officially ended with another bow to the picture of Ueshiba. Students hung out afterwards for some open mat

time where Hory answered any and all questions about the techniques and the philosophy behind Aikido as a

self defence martial art. “The actual practice of Aikido is enjoyable to me,” said Hory. “it’s very interesting and

stimulating. The metaphors behind the techniques apply to every element of my life. If I’m struggling with trying

to achieve a result, I know I am more powerful if I go with the flowing moment to achieve that result.” Hory then

added that Aikido is great for everyone of all ages because it’s “good to move our physical bodies. We live in a

very static age and it’s getting more so, so I think doing the opposite of that is healthy. I think anything that gets

us off the couch is really good.”Adult classes are every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:45 p.m.

Just Posted

North Island MLA Michele Babchuk. Photo contributed
COMMENTARY: MLA Michele Babchuk talks the future of forestry

‘These forests are important to every single one of us, myself included’

Dr. Prean Armogam hands over a cheque for $10,000 to Hardy Bay Senior Citizens Society president Rosaline Glynn. The money will be going towards a new roof for the Port Hardy seniors centre. This is the second donation Dr. Armogam has made to the society, giving them $5,000 a little over a year ago. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Doctor donates $10k to Hardy Bay Senior Citizens Society for new roof

This was the second donation Armogam has given to the society

New COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island by local health area for the week of May 30-June 5. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control image)
COVID-19 cases drop again almost everywhere on Vancouver Island

Nanaimo had four new cases last week, down from 22 the week before

Blueprints for the seniors housing project in Port Hardy. (North Island Seniors Housing Foundation photo)
BC Housing declines North Island Seniors Housing Foundation’s proposal to build units

BC Housing will be explaining why exactly the project was declined at a June 18 meeting

An aerial view of the marine oil-spill near Bligh Island in Nootka sound that the Canadian Coast Guard posted in a live social media feed in December. ( Canadian Coast Guard/Facebook)
Oil from vessel that sank in 1968 off Vancouver Island to be removed

DFO hires Florida firm to carefully remove oil from MV Schiedyk in Nootka Sound starting in mid-June

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Most Read