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Aikido

 

Aikido 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.

In 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 AikiTai.

Training 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.

In 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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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* The character (japanese "ai") may be also read chinese and is then called "hé". In Chinese that means "to include, unite, fit" and also "to collaborate". In this way "harmony" gets a bit more practical and concrete.

 

     

     


 

     

 

Last update of this page:    23.09.2014