Ben talks about his Aikido classes.
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I started aikido when I was about nine or ten and I have been doing it for four years. I am now a green belt.
Aikido is a defensive marshal art invented in Japan by a man called Morihei Ushiba. My teacher is call Phil Benge or sensai.
I like Akido because they can be calm and slow techniques and I’m quite good at. I do Akido on Saturdays to teach and on Fridays to learn.
When I do Akido I feel calm and passive because you’re not supposed to hurt your opponent but take any weapons and bring that person to the ground. The next belt I will earn is blue and with that a hakuma.
I have learnt how to count, say hello and goodbye, left and right, thank you and basic body parts in Japanese because of aikido as well. I came to do aikido when I went to a tester session at my old school, I thought it was interesting and fun so I carried on going.