Aikido - The Way Of Harmony
O'Sensei - Founder Of Aikido Aikido is a modern art of self- defence. It has its origins in Japan. The founder of Aikido was Morehei Ueshiba (1883-1969), also fondly known as O-Sensei (which means "Great Teacher"). The physical art of Aikido evolved from a combination of various Jujitsu styles, sword and spear fighting arts innovatively created by OSensei.
Aikido however is not a narrow art of fighting technique. It has its roots deep in universal laws. The study of Aikido promotes a sense of well-being as it helps us to develop physically, mentally and spiritually. Today, Aikido is practiced worldwide by more than a million people in over fifty countries. Aikido as a self-defence art is also adopted by the Japanese Police Force. With the formation of the International Aikido Federation (IAF) in Tokyo, Aikidokas (Aikido practitioners) are unified globally.
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Introduction to Aikido
What is Aikido?
Whenever I move, that's Aikido.
Dynamics Of Aikido
The essence of all Aikido techniques are the use of total body movements to create spherical motion around a stable, energized center. Even when a technique appears to be using only one part of the body, close observation reveals the Aikidoka's movements are, in fact, total body movements. Properly executed, some techniques are spectacular; throwing an opponent away. Others are small, deft movements that immobilize the aggressor. Both results are achieved through precise use of leverage, gravity, and the action of centrifugal and centripetal forces. Ultimately, it is the energy of the attack itself which brings down the attacker.
The final aim of Budo is personal transformation. Its goal is the creation of
integrated human beings who are able to bring the totality of their wisdom and
capabilities in order to resolve a problem. Yet philosophical discussion is rare
in the dojo, (training hall). The focus is highly practical. Constant repetition
to master the fundamentals of movement, timing and breathing is the fundamental
requirement. Students train themselves to capture the opponent's action and
redirect it with techniques of martial efficiency and power. At the same time,
they become aware of the tendency to overreact to opposition, and learn to
remain centered under all conditions.
Concept Of Centering
The Aikidoka develops a relaxed posture in which the weight of the body is
directed towards its physiologic center in the lower abdomen. Gravity is no
longer a force to be overcome. Rather it serves to support and stabilize
posture. As a result, ordinary movement assumes an appearance of grace and
economy. The effects of centering are mental as well as physical. In addition
vitality increases, the senses are sharpened, and one is less affected by the
irritations and annoyances of daily living. This state is referred to in Japan
as having hara, or strong ki. It is a manifestation of the inner quality which
aids the student of Aikido to develop to his or her fullest potential in every
area of life.
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