At Aikido of Columbus, we focus on Aikido as both a self-defense method and a pathway to inner learning. When we feel threatened, our natural response is to tighten up and resist. In order to go along with the attack, we need to be deeply aware of the attacker, and to do that we need to be anchored in a mindbody state of power and love. This is where the practices of self-defense and self-awareness converge. At Aikido of Columbus, we teach how to use body awareness, openness of breath, proper body alignment, and flowing energy to achieve smooth, powerful, effective Aikido techniques and an attitude of respect and (Watch Video) kindness.