TRADITIONAL MARTIAL ARTS & PRACTICAL SELF-DEFENSE
What is Aikido?
Aikido is a non-violent martial art based on blending with resistance rather than meeting it with force on force. It's designed to create a connection between two opponents rather than separation. Reconciliation of adverse situations without escalation of violence or negativity is the goal of Aikido.
What does zanshin mean?
The term Zanshin refers to a state of awareness, of relaxed alertness. A literal translation of zanshin is "remaining mind" - (focused attention).
Blending with resistance Creates Opportunities
By redirecting the energy of an attack (physical or verbal) opportunity for positive change is presented.
Respond To Situations - don't react
Aikido takes more attention and discipline than most arts because its not an aggressive or reactive practice. It teaches how to accurately respond - rather than automatically react to - immediate situations with clarity and calm evaluation.
Position & Placement are crucial
Because Aikido is based on physics and balance – greater size or strength of an opponent isn't relevant. Proper spacing and timing is the key to most successful endeavors. Understanding safe positioning in relation to an opponent is where the brilliance of Aikido is displayed. Moving to the space where you can break the opponents balance then takes minimal effort.
Superior Mindset & Discipline Are Keys to Success
Although Aikido is a martial art designed to not bring harm to anyone its roots still come from a extremely effective self-defense mindset and philosophical aspects of a disciplined focused warrior culture.
Multiple Ways to Practice Techniques
Aikido is also unique in that any technique executed with open hand can also be performed with a 4' foot stick (or Jo staff). In this way training can be accomplished with an appropriate safe distancing while still being practical.
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Below are a couple of examples of typical Aikido Training from Aikido Shinburenseijuku - a dojo in Japan