In its daily practice students strive to develop these "soft" principles over and above any striking opportunities and therefore there is little danger of suffering any dangerous contact from punches or kicks during regular practice.
As the art of Aikido focusses on the development of subtle and soft technique, it is as easily practiced by women and girls as it is by men or boys. Good aiki does not depend upon physical strength. A female student with a good understanding of technique will easily control a larger and physically stronger male training partner.
Additionally, Shodokan Aikido is also a sport, and within the sports context it would be unhelpful if your opponent was in danger of serious injury every time you played.
In Japan both policemen and policewomen are taught Aikido to provide them with an appropriate toolset to defend themselves and restrain members of the public without causing undue harm.
.....then Aikido training at Dublin Tomiki Aikido may be the activity you are looking for!
At Dublin Tomiki Aikido we have a structured syllabus so you can learn progressively and at your own pace. We actively participate in competitions for both men and women – where players can demonstrate “kata” with a partner (unlike judo or karate) and where we can also test our technical ability during “randori” bouts.
At DTA you can learn from Ireland's highest graded female Tomiki Aikido Instructor; Pamela Dempsey 2nd Dan; who is also a member of the BAA UK National Competitve team and former UK National Randori Champion. You will also enjoy the company of other women at our regular training sessions.
Competitions and Shiai (competitive Randori) are not obligatory but they are an important experience open to all students to help develop confidence, especially when confronting fears – fear of demonstrating something in public, fear of expectations, fear of being hurt or hurting somebody else. More importantly thought is the potential for excitment, fun, shared experiences and new social occasion.