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Aikido

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Aikido is a Japanese martial art based on locking, throwing and manipulating an opponent, using their motion, energy and strength against them.

In Japanese, Aikido translates as:

  • Ai - joining / unifying
  • Ki - spirit / energy
  • Do - way / path

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Origins

Aikido is a derivative of Ju Jitsu, which diverged from Ju Jitsu in the 1920s to become the martial art that we know today as Aikido. It's founder was Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) who originally learnt a form of Ju Jitsu, and developed it into Aikido in the 1920s and 1930s. 

Ki

The study of Ki (energy) is a key element of Aikido, and refers to "life's energy"; the secret to Ki is timing and using your body's whole strength and application of a technique to a single point on your opponent.

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Weapons

A number of weapons are used in Aikido, both offensively and defensively, namely:

A number of instructors will also use firearms, katana, bo staff and various other weapons when training and teaching.  

Trivia

  •  Hollywood film star Steven Seagal started life as an Aikido instructor, and is a 7th Dan 

For more information please see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aikido

Author: The Bear Martial Arts Team 


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