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Aïkido Knowledge base

Aïkido collaborative Website

     This WikiWebsite intends to explain the fundamental relationships between the use of Ken, Jö and Taijutsu. It has been done with the consideration that it should be used for actual practice. For this reason, there are many animations to be used for reference and understanding of the techniques. Some explanation about the form of the technique and necessary mental attitude has been used to augment the animation. 
     A thorough understanding of basic techniques in the use of Ken; Jö and Taijutsu is necessary when dealing with many opponents. To stress this point, single movements of the basic Aikido exercices of tai-no-henko, and Kokyu dosa are explained. Therefore, the reader should pay particular attention to these basic exercices, since they are the basis of all Aikidö movements. 
     This site is intended solely for the diffusion of the practice of Aikido, creating a community around Aikido and exchange of information on events, manifestations around the world. Help us by providing translations into other langages, documents, events,...

Aïkido, more than Art...

   Aikido (合気道 Aikidō) is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as "the Way of unifying (with) life energy" or as "the Way of harmonious spirit." Ueshiba's goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury.
 
     Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical strength, as the aikidōka (aikido practitioner) "leads" the attacker's momentum using entering and turning movements. The techniques are completed with various throws or joint locks. 

     Aikido derives mainly from the martial art of Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu, but began to diverge from it in the late 1920s, partly due to Ueshiba's involvement with the Ōmoto-kyō religion. Ueshiba's early students' documents bear the term aiki-jūjutsu. 
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