About Aikido

A Different Martial Art

In most martial arts, the goal is to overpower an opponent, but aikido is different. In aikido, practicioners seek to blend with an attack instead of blocking it or fighting against it. Then, the aikido practitioner (or aikidoka) will redirect that power into a throw, joint lock or pin. Attackers aren’t overpowered but simply made unsuccessful in their aggression.

This blending and redirection is accomplished through a system of graceful and impressive circular movements. Aikido requires timing, precision, awareness, balance, and the ability to operate the body as a unit.

Aikido is not a sport, and there are no competitive tournaments. Aikidoka train to better themselves, not to triumph over others. Of the traditional Japanese martial arts, aikido is the newest one. It holds the highest ideals and the most modern outlook.