Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art which has its roots in Daito-Ryu Aikijujitsu. The Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, O’Sensei, transformed the Aikijujitsu form into a flowing, subtle, mysterious and dynamic Martial Art form. In its current form, Aikido promotes mind and body coordination, awareness, physical conditioning, calm mind, sincerity and self-defense all in one package.
Aikido dynamics take many years to develop, and
may not be for those who expect instant gratification when it comes to the
self-defense part of the art. But through
continuous sincere training, a student will gain self-confidence and
possibly a different view of the world around him or her.
The dynamics of Aikido, allows the
defender (Nage) to deal with an attacker (Uke)
in a way that gives the Defender the choice of doing damage to an Attacker, or
turning the confrontation into something less violent and controlled. The
ability of the Defender to use the Attacker’s energy along with the relaxed,
blended energy of the Defender, makes for a splendid self-defense form that can
be used equally well by either men, women, or children with equal skill.
Traditional weapons that are taught are the Jo,
a four foot long short staff, the Bokken or wooden sword, and the Tanto or knife.
The weapons are taught in conjunction with the open hand forms to
help teach the students correct body positioning and movement.