What is Aikido?

Aikido is a Japanese martial art technique that involves joint locking, throwing, pinning and striking. It is also a martial arts technique that includes the use of traditional weapons such as knives, swords and staffs. This martial arts technique was founded in the 20th century by MoriheiUeshiba after his extensive study of various armed and unarmed martial art systems that were practiced during this time. As such, it represents the rich culture of Japanese martial knowledge. Ueshiba, who is also known as O-sensei – the vulnerable teacher, made Aikido more than just a way of fighting. He believed that it was martial art technique that would help instill discipline and improve the health of individuals who practiced the art. Additionally, the technique focuses on both physical and internal integrity. The sword carrying warrior is not just a killing machine, he is also a model of loyalty, uprightness and courage ready to sacrifice himself for what he believes is right and noble. Aikido is an intense physical and spiritual exercise that helps develop true wisdom and perfect the human character at the same time.

Aikido techniques 

If you are thinking about becoming an aikido master, there are several techniques you will have to go through before you can be a pro.

Here are some of the common Aikido techniques:

  • Suwariwaza – In this technique both the defender (tori) and the attacker (uke) are sitting. This defense is not very basic although it should be. In many cases however, this techniques is not practiced because most people do not think it is possible.
  • Tachiwaza-mae – This technique involves basic attack and defensive technique of aikido. In this move, both the uke and the tori are standing and attacks are from the front.
  • Tachiwaza-ushiro is almost similar to tachiwaza-mae, but the difference is, uke attacks from behind and the tori needs to know how to prevent such attacks or counter them all together.
  • Hanmihandachiwaza – In this technique, the tori is sitting and the uke is standing. Tori needs to defend himself while sitting. Against the uke who is standing.
  • Tantodori – Here, the uke tries to attack the tori using a knife
  • Tachidori – With this technique, the attacker uses a sword to attack.
  • Jodori – This is the use of a staff to attack.
  • Kaeshiwaza – These are commonly techniques used to counter attacks.
  • Kogeki – These are techniques in aikido that teach you how to attack.

Health benefits of aikido

Aikido is a technique that helps to develop the body, the mind and the spirit. As such, it has a lot of health benefits for those who practice the art.

  • Helps manage conflict and stress

Did you know that the number one cause of high blood pressure, eating disorders and poor health is stress? When you are stressed, you are likely not relaxed which causes you to overreact or over do certain things like eating. Aikido helps create Ki which is harmony. Thus you end up feeling happier and less stressed. Without stress you are able to stay in control of your emotions and are in a better position to respond rather than react. You are also able to find logical solutions to problems and challenges you might be facing.

  • You are able to stretch

If you spend most of your time in the office, may not have time to stretch yourself. Aikido will help you do that and keep you fit. It works on every muscle in the body, which helps to restore your balance and harmony. Since it works on all your muscles at the same time, you’re unlikely to injure one muscles because due to overworking it.

  • Cardio

Its calisthenics and dynamic movements, allow it to help maximize its cardio benefits to the body. Each session allows participants to increase their oxygen intake and increase their energy levels. The variation ins speed and intensities allow the body to feel worked out and for one to sweat because of the cardio exercises they are engaging in. at the end of each session, individuals feel energetic, rejuvenated and healthier.

  • Self defense

Although this is not a health benefit, aikido does help you feel more secure because you are able to protect yourself and your loved ones from physical attacks. If you have anger issues, aikido is also great in helping you manage your anger issues.

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