is a japanese martial art, that goes beyond a technical
education. Practicing discipline improves concentration
and practicing courtesy (etiquette) developes attentiveness
and presence of mind. These traditional "subsidiary
subjects" contribute much to the esthetics and
security in the Aikido courses and support as well
maintaining control and competence in critical situations.
the broad public Aikido
is commonly seen being identical with AikiTai
(Aikido with the body, i.e. without weapons), although AikiTai is
actually only a part of Aikido.
Why ? In many
Aikido styles practicing Aikido means prevailingly working
on Aikido without weapons. AikiJo
und AikiKen have no or only weak roots in these styles
and were partially "dicovered" by degrees
not before some years ago.
Thus the public image of Aikido is still dominated by
in the courses of all Aikido branches takes place in
a cooperative way.There are no competitions, neither
in the courses nor on tournaments. Also no hidden competitions
like trials of strength. As a result, there are no loosers
in Aikido but many winners. All those who
contribute to a common goal and achieve a perception.
That is also a meaning of the name Ai Ki Do -
the path (
Do) to let the energy (
Ki) work together (
Ai *). That sounds like harmony and that should actually
also be like that.
Aikido the energy of an attacker (push or pull, blow
or stroke, impulse of movement) will never be blocked,
but guided and directed in a new direction.
The attacker gets his energy back again or it is turned
in the void. This is the rule for all branches of Aikido
(AikiTai, AikiJo, AikiKen).
(japanese "ai") may be also read chinese and
is then called "hé". In Chinese that
means "to include, unite, fit" and also "to
In this way "harmony" gets a bit more practical