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Aikido Martial Arts

Written by Sierra Rein
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It would be unfair and unwise to try and pigeonhole any of the Aikido martial arts into so few amount of words, but here are a few for introductory purposes. Aikido techniques was developed by Morihei Ueshiba (often referred to by his title 'O Sensei' or 'Great Teacher') in Japan. Developed from the physical throws and joint locks of Jujitsu, it focuses on using one's energy to gain control of the physical situation. Motion and the dynamics of movement are emphasized.

If you are interested in learning Aikido martial arts, you should probably learn more about the "old" and "modern" schools of teaching, which have developed for themselves unique forms of thought and practice. The "old" or pre-war styles include Aiki-Budo (O Sensei's original school), Yoseikan, and Yoshinkan. The "modern" schools consist of Aikikai (developed by O Sensei's grandson), Iwama-ryu, the "Ki" School, and Tomiki-ryu style (meant to become more of a sporting and competitive form of Aikido).

The Spiritual Side Of All Aikido Martial Arts

Aikido can be applied as a self defense technique, but it should not be labeled as such. O Sensei emphasized moralities and the spiritual aspects of the martial art, believing that it was a way towards harmony and peace within the mind and body. Aikido can be translated into the term "The Way of Harmony and Spirit," and thus is a philosophy of peace.

This may seem contrary to a self defense mode of thought, but it is the core of all Aikido martial arts. Martial arts themselves do not need to be aggressive. Many hold as a tenet that one must balance oneself inside and outside, and use the imbalance of the aggressive attacker to overthrow them and achieve a greater sense of peace in the world.


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