What is Aikido?

Aikido is a dynamic Japanese martial art where practitioners defend themselves whilst also protecting their attacker from injury. It literally means:


        ( ) Ai - Harmony

        ( ) Ki - Energy, Spirit or Life Energy

        ( ) Do - Way or Method


Aikido therefore means:
"The way of harmony with the universe".

 Aikido in Kanji
Aikido

Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on, and completing with a joint lock (immobilisation) or a throw. 

Ikkyo
Ikkyo
Basic immobilisation technique in Aikido to safely restrain an attacker


Shihonage
Sankyo
Advanced immobilisation techniques used in Aikido


Kaitenage
Kokyunage
Throwing techniques. In Sensei Kolesnikov's Aikido, the attacker rolls on the ground, instead of hitting the ground hard



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