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What is Aikido?

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The unique Japanese martial art of Aikido was developed by by Morihei Ueshiba almost a century ago. Aikido is often translated as ‘The way of unifying life energy’. This style is often mistakenly confused with Judo or Kendo Bogu. It’s unique form uses the force and motion of the attacker and re-directs it instead of attacking it head on. These techniques use turning movements, throws and joint locks to manipulate opponents.

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One of Ueshiba’s most famous sayings is To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace.” This perfectly sums up the philosophy behind Aikido. Some of the other recognizable and different elements that separate Aikido from other forms of martial arts are the wooden sword/ bokkens or sticks used in weapons training as well as the ‘Hakama’ which is often commented on because it looks like a dress or skirt.

Aikido may be most well known to many through actor Steven Seagal who used this style in several movies. Today Aikido is still immensely popular all over the world including many schools throughout the US.  However the standard that most people grade martial arts against these days is MMA and the UFC championship fights. And the common consensus is generally that Aikido really wouldn’t stack up at all in MMA.

This is both because of the retreating like movements used in Aikido and the over all philosophy of Aikido not to do harm just is totally contrary to the whole idea of MMA fights. This isn’t to say that Aikido is not useful in real life situations and as self-defense in street fights, but you could say it is not the most fashionable art of choice for most people these days.

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1 Comments For This Post

  1. Timothy Says:

    There is one thing slightly off about your description. morhai never said to not harm your aponent. he said do do only the damage necessary to disable them also it should be noted that most aikido techniques are actually very destructive when left in there original form.

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