What is Aikido?
Aikido is different from other martial arts because self defence is practiced without intending harm to the attacker. Techniques are based on using the force of an attack against the opponent to neutralise them, using locks, holds and throws. This approach aims to subdue or immobilise an attacker, rather than cause physical harm.
This avoidance of conflict encourages harmony, yet can be a powerful way to control aggressors. Threats are neutralised with minimum force, and so Aikido techniques require little strength to make them effective. This makes Aikido suitable for anyone to practise, regardless of their size or strength.
Way (do) of Harmony (ai) with Spirit (ki)