Aikido is a martial art founded by Morihei Ueshiba also known as O'Sensei, in Japan in the mid-1920's. It has elements of Jujitsu and Judo. Aikido translated means the way of harmony.
We learn to blend with, rather than go against, the force of an attack. The idea is to forget the self, and follow the opponent's movement. In this way, the opponent is defeated by blending with and using his energy.
Benefits of Aikido Training
Develops stamina and endurance.
Deep breathing massages the internal organs,
while stretching conditions the joints.
Unifies Body, Mind and Spirit:
Heightens mental concentration as the body and mind
are trained to work together in a focused
and efficient way.
Promotes honesty, kindness, self-respect and
respect for others. Improves interpersonal relations.
Nurtures the growth of self-discipline.
Trains the student to use effective self-defense
techniques that neutralize an attack without
causing serious injury to the attacker.
Provides Alternatives in Conflict Resolution:
Aikido, used as a metaphor, illustrates numerous
alternatives to the use of force
in resolving conflict.
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