Japan is one of the most geographically diverse countries in Asia, with over 6000 islands. These geography lessons are commemorated by four distinct seasons and a climate that varies from hot springs to cool mountain ranges! Alongside this natural beauty come many different local cultures that have been preserving their traditions for generations.
The history of Japan has been preserved for centuries. Many castles, streets, and shrines remain as they were originally built to maintain their culture’s rich heritage amongst other things such as a polytheistic religion which includes many gods or goddesses depending on the region you visit in your travels across this incredible country!
Japan is a fascinating country that has so much history, personality, and culture. The architecture of Japan is a fascinating mix that features Buddhist influences and traditional Shinto religion. Some castles or temples have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, so you can experience this culture first-hand while visiting 16 different sites across the country!
There’s so much to gain by educating yourself about other cultures, and the benefits are numerous. For example…
A person who grows up in an English-speaking household may find it difficult when they go off on their own because of communication norms difference between here (home) versus there( Away). But imagine being unable or unwilling to participate fully during social interactions due to language barriers – this can be extremely isolating.
Shiti Makura is founder of a Aikido Dojo and Initiative Joukenbukai who is also an author of her Kindle book “An Introduction to Aikido for Women Kindle edition,Get in tune with your mind and body and achieve your best ever glow. Aikido, diet, self-disciplin”.
Shiti was born in 1971 to a father who was a Japanese language teacher and a mother who was a housewife. Growing up in China from age three until eight gave her an appreciation for dance which would later come back when studying ballet at school while also taking piano lessons after entering junior high school despite not stopping during preparation for exams. She continued her education and took up kendo (Japanese fencing) and Japanese dance. In university, she started playing tennis and badminton with her father and began karate training.
I have been practicing karate, aikido, and Yoshinkan aikido for many years. I started out practicing karate but found that aikido was a more comprehensive martial art that I could get into. I enjoy sharing the traditional Japanese martial arts with others, and in 1994 I joined Yoshinkan Aikido while starting my career. I simultaneously pursued employment and practicing of aikido every day, and in 2009 I passed the instructor’s test. In 2012 I obtained my 5th dan in aikido, and in February 2019 I started my dojo.
What is Aikido?
Aikido is a very athletic style of martial arts that uses the mind and body together.
It’s not just for those who can take care of their physical health, but also helps prevent blurriness when it comes to mental clarity! And with this program being available online as well- anyone anywhere in the world could learn Aikido techniques without having any problem learning from home or on vacation abroad – which means more people will have access than ever before both domestically AND internationally too!!!
With so many people living far away from our school, we would like to provide an online course that they can learn. We have made some changes to this program’s accessibility and the enjoyability level is increased even more than before!
Benefits of Aikido include
Physical Benefits: Aikido will improve your overall fitness and coordination. The intensive training involved will strengthen the body, improve your flexibility and give you improved stamina.
Health Benefits: Training in a martial art is an excellent form of exercise as it incorporates elements that can help to reduce stress levels in addition to lowering resting heart rate, blood pressure, and body fat percentage. These benefits make Aikido ideal for anyone who needs to lower their risk of developing serious health conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, or even heart disease.
Mental Benefits: Learning any new skill as Aikido enables you to be better able to excel at other physical activities later in life. Additionally, practicing this martial art can lead to enhanced self-confidence due to your improved physical ability and overall fitness level.
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to start your initiative?
I had always been fascinated by Japanese culture and its martial arts. As a result, after transitioning from classical ballet to kendo, Karate, and Aikido I began feeling a sense of mission in myself. My love for the Japanese martial arts grew after working hard at my job and practicing aikido. One day a friend of mine said to me, “I’d be happy to help you distribute flyers and promote your classes so why don’t you start up an Aikido class?” That’s when I decided that it is time for some action!
Can you share the biggest challenges that you had to overcome since you started this initiative?
COVID prevented us from reaching out to new customers and growing rapidly so it became an important matter for us to tackle as soon as possible to make sure COVID does not hinder future growth rates anymore.
We created online content early on which helps generate interest among potential clients and gives everyone access no matter where they live…
What advice would you have for the people you serve?
The aikido community strives to be an inclusive and welcoming place for all students, regardless of gender identity or expression. We discourage anyone from engaging in unsafe practices that could lead them astray as they learn our art; such as advising women not to wear skirts when practicing. There is no such thing as an “easy” way to lose weight.
How do you think that your initiative will make a huge difference in people’s lives?
With a lack of health knowledge, many people do not know what to eat or which exercises they should be following. That is why I believe that our initiative will make an incredible difference in everyone’s life because it provides them with the right information at every stage and gives suggestions for different ways you can live your best possible lifestyle!
Lastly, we want to know what your plans are.
We’ve been considering moving from renting out space at a gymnasium and instead of building our dojo so that everyone can continue practicing together more often than not!
It is an art form unique to the Japanese culture, but it can be learned and mastered by anyone. The health benefits of this practice are numerous: you will get plenty more energy for your day-to-day life; improve mental clarity with reduced stress levels in the mind (and body).
With so many health benefits to aikido, it’s no wonder why this art is becoming more popular all the time. The peace and tranquility that you can learn from will surely help put your mind at ease when things get tough. Try aikido today!