Aikido, the martial art for the Girls

Friday, December 3, 2010, 13:57

Aikido, through the teachings of the Aikido Yamato Dojo club, has been chosen for the first time as one of the various sports and disciplines offered through the Girls on the Move programme, organised by the Kunsill Malti għall-iSport. The programme is open to girls aged between 9 and 16, and it offers an opportunity for young girls to learn a martial art in a safe and supportive environment, in a spirit of cooperation and care for others, and most importantly under qualified supervision.

Through the years, martial arts have been mistakenly taken for a masculine and possibly harsh, violent sport. Nothing could be further from the truth, especially where Aikido is concerned.  It is actually often referred to as ‘the gentle martial art’ due to its fluid and graceful movements which are particularly suited to girls, and also due to the fact that it does not feature kicks or punches. It focuses primarily on self defence and teaches teenagers how to handle violence without themselves becoming violent. This is a great opportunity which should be embraced, especially since it helps reduce stress and anxiety at an age where self-esteem issues start to arise. Training Aikido brings with it endless benefits; it helps to keep fit and stay healthy, and it boosts confidence as a girl develops an awareness of her own capabilities; which in turn leads to higher self-esteem. And above all, it promotes an active lifestyle while having great fun!

Training sessions take place once a week and are held at the Aikido Yamato Club at Maria Assumpta School, Hamrun, every Saturday afternoon between 3:00pm and 4:15pm. All sessions will be coached by qualified Black Belt instructor Kevin Bonanno, who already has experience teaching juniors for the last three years.

Those interested in joining this programme are to contact the Kunsill Malti għall-iSport Head Office, c/o Cottonera Sports Complex, Cospicua on 21660657/8, or send an e-mail on, or visit their website on


  1. Kevin says:

    Well done for this website as I am sure it will connect more people and promote sports.
    More details on Aikido, the Aikido Yamato Club, Juniors and Women Self defence can be found on or one may call on 25964111.


  2. alan says:

    WELL DONE…… Keep Martial Arts alive…..
    Pro Wu Shu Ky Kickboxing club


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