Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba ( O Sensei) as a combination of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Ueshiba's goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury.
Aikido is difficult to translate from Japanese to English, and is often translated as "the Way of unifying (with) life energy" or as "the Way of harmonious spirit."
Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. Aikido is centered on Yin and Yang and the blending of these elements.
The aikidoka (aikido practitioner) "leads" the attacker's momentum using entering and turning movements. The techniques are completed with various throws or joint locks and pins.
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