Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art founded circa 1925 by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), known to his followers as O'Sensei ("Great Teacher"). Although it reflects the knowledge gained in O'Sensei's many years of practice in other martial arts, Aikido is an unique and subtle art in its own right.
"Aikido" can be translated as "A way of coming to harmony with the life force of the universe." AI translates as "harmony", KI as "universal life force" and DO as "way" or "path."
On a purely physical level Aikido is an art involving some throws and joint locks that are derived from Jujitsu and some throws and other techniques derived from Kenjutsu. Aikido focuses not on punching or kicking opponents, but rather on using their own energy to gain control of them or to throw them away from you. It is not a static art, but places great emphasis on motion and the dynamics of movement.
The principle of Aikido is of conservation of energy and controlling an opponent through up ending their body's axis and making them revolve around yours. By achieving this, dynamic movement is created as the opponent is pinned to the ground or thrown accordingly. The nature of this principle makes Aikido an effective art that was created to combat either a singular or multiple attacks from aggressor(s) who may or may not be armed.
Rowan Aikido Club practices traditional Aikido and place great emphasis on developing a strong base. To achieve this, basic Aikido principles are incorporated into a class and techniques are used as tools for their implementation, following the foundations of Aikido given by Nobuyoshi Tamura Shihan (8th Dan Aikikai). The teachings of the foundations practiced inside and outside the dojo lead to martial wisdom.
Some general aikido questions can be found in our Aikido FAQ
Style of Aikido
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