The Harmonious Spirit of Aikido

Posted on March 23rd, 2012 by Rich in Martial Arts Styles

Aikido is a beautiful martial art. It originated in Japan and means “the way of harmonious spirit”. Aikido was created by Morihei Ueshiba. The art combines the talent of self defense, while protecting their attacker from serious injury. When Aikido was introduced, this was a new concept to martial arts.

The flow of movement when under attack uses the attacker’s momentum and simply redirects them in a direction of your controlling. By using the attacker’s momentum, it requires very little strength or exertion from the one being attacked. This allows the person being attacked to remain in control and have the energy to escape once the attacker is “moved” out of the way.

Since Master Ueshiba had created the art from various styles, including Daito-ryu aiki-jujitsu and religious teachings, it was unclear when he started calling the art Aikido. In 1942, an organization named The Greater Japan Martial Virtue Society was charged with reorganizing martial arts. It was at this time that this martial art style was officially named Aikido.

The first introduction, outside of Japan, that the world received was in France in 1951. The United States did not get a taste of Aikido until 1953, when it was introduced to Hawaii and 15 other states in the United States. Over the years, Aikido has been revamped and interpreted into various followings across the world. However, Aikido still remains a grappling art. It utilized throws and join-locks in its art form. No matter how it’s been interpreted, one thing that all Aikido schools teach is the treatment and well being of their attacker. This sets them apart from most other martial arts.

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