Akido Essay

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Unity of The Body and Mind

Aikido is a Japanese martial art currently practiced throughout the world. Behind the
powerful catapulting throws and immobilizing locks and pins of Aikido lie some very simple
principles: remove yourself from the direct line of your enemy’s attack, and through the
absorption and deflection of the force of the attack, your enemy is taken out of balance
and defeated by the energy of his or her own aggression. Aikido does not use strength
against strength, but stresses body and mind relaxation to direct the opponent’s force
away. Because its main purpose is not to take the offensive in injuring or harming the
opponent, Aikido has often been called a "nonviolent" martial art.

In daily practice, the student of Aikido seeks to achieve the firmness, stability,
sobriety and elegance which make Aikido on e of the most powerful and beautiful ways of
artistic expression, while conserving its potential as one of the most devastating offers
of self-defense.

Aikido may be practiced by all people regardless of age, sex, religion, or previous athletic ability.
Systematic Aikido practice leads to increased aerobic capacity and to overall body
conditioning through both flexibility and strength training.

General Philosophy of Aikido
Aikido makes extensive use of the concept of ki. Aikido is one of the more spiritual
martial arts and has been referred to as ‘moving Zen’. The name Aikido can be translated
as ‘the way of harmony of ki’. Exactly what ki ‘is’ is a somewhat controversial issue.

Some believe that the physical entity ki simply does not exist. Instead, the spirit, the
intention, the bio-physico-psychological coordination through relaxation and awareness are
concepts being used in the teaching.

One must first learn to control oneself before attempting to harmonize and control others.
Without a good balance and control of oneself, one can neither avoid an attack nor apply
an effective technique on others. It is through self-control that one can learn to enjoy
a harmonious way of life.

"Ai"- come together or to harmonize
"ki"- the spirit of the universe’
"Do"- the way
Ki is the force behind all things. Everything in the universe has Ki. Ki is the essence
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