It is rooted in several styles of jujitsu, in particular daitoryu-(aiki) jujitsu, as well as sword & spear fighting arts.
Aikido is fundamentally different from other martial arts. Since there is no competition, students work in cooperation to learn the principles of Aikido. Students take turns as attacker and defender to master basic techniques, switching partners as class progresses. In this way, students of all ages, sizes, and experience levels work together.
“Aikido is not a way to fight with or defeat enemies; it is a way to reconcile the world and make all human beings one family.”
“The essence of aikido is the cultivation of ki [a vital force, internal power, mental/spiritual energy].”
“The secret of aikido is to become one with the universe.”
“Aikido is primarily a way to achieve physical and psychological self-mastery.”
“The body is the concrete unification of the physical and spiritual created by the universe.” And so forth.
The essence of all Aikido technique is spherical motion around a stable center, energized center. even when the direction appears to be straight forward or backward, close observation reveals the Aikidoka’s movements to be in fact circular. Properly executed, some techniques are spectacular, sending an opponent flying through the air. Others are like sleight of hand; small, deft movements that immobilize the aggressor. Both results are achieved through precise use of leverage, inertia, gravity, and the action of centrifugal and centripetal forces. Ultimately, it is the energy of the attack itself which brings down the attacker. Increased stamina, flexibility, and muscle development occur naturally as a result of training, but the techniques themselves do not depend on strength for effectiveness. Aikido can be practiced by men and women of all ages.
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