A great number of women have long been attracted to aikido and today there are aikido practitioners and exceptional aikido instructors who happen to be women.

It should be stressed that the aikido practiced and taught by women is exactly the same in every way as practiced and taught by men, since aikido does not rely on the physical strength, benefiting the person regardless its gender.

Women and men take up aikido for the same reasons and have the same benefits. Not only aikido teaches self-confidence and self defense, but it also helps to relieve stress and generate a feeling of physical and mental well being.