Chua HC

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Topic for the Day – Aikido

on February 1, 2015
Aikido

Aikido is the Way of Harmonizing/Blending Energy

My post today will be about the Japanese martial art Aikido. It is founded by Morihei Ueshiba aka ‘O Sensei’ or ‘Great Teacher’. The martial art that had the most influence on Aikido was Daito-Ryu Aikijujutsu which is a samurai martial art. Aikido consists mainly of joint locks and throws. Punching and kicking are taught not as the main technique but to compliment the technique. It is used as a distraction, to imbalance and weaken the attacker. Anyone can punch or kick, it takes skill to be able to apply techniques. Most martial arts consist mostly of punches and kicks, that not only hurts the attacker but that also hurts the practitioner.

O Sensei Morihei Ueshiba

The Founder O Sensei Morihei Ueshiba

Aikido practitioners are taught ways to blend and redirect the opponents’ aggressive energy away from themselves and redirect it towards the aggressor. The attacker gets thrown resulting in minimal hurt to him and no hurt to the Aikido practitioner. Most martial arts are very linear and are just clashing with and hurting each other. Instead of that, you just need to redirect the oncoming energy away and throw. Aikido also teaches weapons like sword, stick and knife. Some of the strikes in Aikido are from sword strokes.

Aikido Throw

Aikido Throw

Aikido Throw

Aikido Throw

Steven Seagal Aikido

Steven Seagal Aikido

Steven Seagal is a famous American actor who portrayed Aikido in his movies and also is the first foreigner to open a Dojo (Training School) in Japan. he is currently a 7th Dan (Degree of Black belt)

Aikido is a compassionate and peace-loving, gentle yet effective martial arts that aims to protect not only the Aikido practitioner but even the attacker. Aikido is too gentle until sometimes it gets criticized for being ineffective and not practical in a real-life situation. My response to that is that the techniques done in the dojo (Training hall) or in videos are just for training and practising with your fellow dojomates so too much force cannot be used. A lot of force is controlled to avoid causing injury to each other whereas in a real-life situation there is no need to control any force.

Aikido techniques are very graceful, flowing, dynamic yet gentle. It is because of this gentle nature that anybody can learn regardless of gender or age. Aikido also provides spiritual and mental calmness to its practitioners. When you are able to apply the techniques correctly and get promoted through the ranks, this also helps to build self-confidence and self-esteem.

Girl in Hakama

Girl in Hakama

Above is a picture of a girl in Hakama (Split skirt worn by Dan grade black belts)

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