Aikido is a martial art. As such it involves practicing in dealing with conflict. The founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, despite his technical mastery, questioned the value of a path based on victory over others. His struggle with this dilemma led to a profound understanding which is the basis of modern Aikido, a martial art of refinement and astonishing power.
To grasp the fundamental principle of Aikido and understand how it differs from other martial arts it is helpful to look at how Aikido practice is conducted in more detail by clicking on AIKIDO PRACTICE.
Is Aikido Effective ?
The traditional, cooperative method of practice in Aikido is in fact a necessity due to the effectiveness and power of Aikido techniques. Only in this way can truly effective techniques be learnt. The technical base of Aikido includes practicing in pinning, joint locking, and throwing techniques. Special practicing methods are used to teach how to control an attacker’s entire body. In addition, Aikido places strong emphasis on learning basic principles such as:
Taking and controlling balance.
Total Awareness of all aspects of a situation.
Vulnerabilities / Openings – how to limit your own, and take advantage of those present.
Complete defense against physical attack.
Stamina, speed of reaction, flexibility, fitness and good health.
Increase your powers of concentration, awareness, and observation.
A calm mind and increased confidence.
New awakenings, insights and self-understanding.
Aikido can be practiced with equal effectiveness regardless of age, sex, or strength.