Aikido is a fascinating martial art that reveals its secrets slowly and never runs out of surprises. It was developed principally in the 1920s and 30s by Morihei Ueshiba from older, traditional arts, above all Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu. It continues to be developed to this day in Japan and around the world.
Aikido includes unarmed techniques, such as throws, pins and strikes, as well as use of weapons (sword and stick). Equally important are being able to receive techniques and take falls safely, and moving so that you are always at an advantage.
Aikido translates literally as the way of harmony - a translation that has caused a great deal of misunderstanding about what Aikido is and what it is for. It is, whatever you may read about it, a martial art, and not a sport, form of exercise or competitive pass-time.
Aikido teaches you how to look after yourself: it develops self-confidence, and the ability to stay calm and focused when under pressure or dealing with conflict. It’s not necessary to be athletic or powerful. Aikido helps develop core body strength, flexibility, balance and timing, and improve your posture and breathing, all of which are more important in Aikido than strength or speed.
There is no competition in Aikido. Competition requires rules, and within Aikido there are no rules.
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