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Aikido Techniques

Written by Sierra Rein
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The rules and guidelines that make aikido techniques separate from other martial arts methods are based in respect and peaceful actions. An aikido student greets a partner at the initiation of practice with "Onegai shimasu", saying "I welcome you to train with me." This harmonious beginning to training helps the students and teachers of aikido to focus on the learning process in a more constructive environment.

Aikido techniques are built around grabs, punches and strikes, kicks, throws, and stances. As aikido is based on self-defense, and not self-offense, the techniques use footwork and learning to fall and roll to unbalance the opponent and focus on an inner balance of the self. The following is more of an explanation of the basic techniques of aikido, named "teachings" or kyo.Ê

The Four Kyo, Or Aikido Techniques

The first teaching is that of Ikkyo, an arm pin or throw in which the attacker's arm is grabbed and twisted, to varying degrees of pain. The second teaching is Nikkyo, a wrist technique which can use the bones of the wrist to incapacitate an opponent with pain or discomfort quickly and easily. Third is the teaching of Sankyo, an elegant wrist rotation which causes the attacker to stand on his or her toes, and which may be followed by a throw if needed.

The final of the main aikido techniques is yonkyo, which uses pressure points along the arm or wrist of the attacker in a downward motion to effect a throw or takedown. Other grab attacks and defenses exist for advanced students. If you are interested in finding other information on aikido, please look into the aikido martial arts pages here, and feel free to contact us!


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