This six-week course is an introduction to the martial art of Aikido. You will learn decisive techniques of defense (throws, joint-locks, strikes and immobilizations) as well as the development of basic ukemi (falling training) to protect yourself. The mechanics of Aikido are based on refined, unforced movements using the entire body, which allow Aikido to be practiced safely and successfully by all, regardless of age, size, or strength. No previous training is required. You should wear light, loose-fitting clothing (such as t-shirt and sweatpants) or gi if you have one. This course is for ages 13 and up and will meet at Great Lakes Aikido, 150 Fairway Drive, Suite 156, in Vernon Hills. No discounts or vouchers.