Learn Aikido for health and self-defense

Origins or Aikido

Aikido is a modern martial art and was developed in the 1920s and 1930s. Despite this, Aikido claims a 900-year heritage through various styles that influenced its development. Among these are Daitō-ryū, Sumo, and swordsmanship. Aikido also has strong philosophical and religious underpinnings.

The basic philosophy of Aikido is to extend love and compassion to all, including those who seek to harm you. Thus the self-defense objective is to receive an attack and harmlessly redirect it. Ideally, not only is the intended victim unharmed, but so is the attacker.

There is not clear English interpretation of Aikido, but it can be roughly translated as the “Way of combining forces”, which suggest the use an attacker’s energy against himself.

Characteristics of Aikido

Aikido seeks to redirect the momentum of an opponent’s attack, finishing with a throw or joint lock. The word “aiki” refers to the tactic of blending with an attacker’s movements in order to control their actions with minimal effort. This is done by understanding the rhythm and intent of the attacker to find the best position and timing to use a counter-technique.

Aerobic fitness is obtained through vigorous training. Flexibility of the joints and connective tissues is developed through various stretching exercises and through the techniques themselves. Relaxation is learned automatically, since without it the techniques will not function. And a balanced use of contractive and expansive power is mastered, enabling even a small person to generate enormous energy and self-defense skill.

And, the physical relaxation learned in Aikido naturally extends to mental relaxation.

Practice of Aikido

The philosophy and internal benefits of Aikido are accompanied by concrete physical benefits. Aikido training is an excellent program for all-around physical fitness, flexibility, and relaxation. Aikido practitioners must learn to move in a coordinated manner and with relaxation. Rather than stressing and tensing only a few muscles (as in weightlifting), one learns to relax and move from the center of your body, where the most power is generated. Power is then extended out naturally through the relaxed limbs, which become almost whip like in their motion.

Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido taught five reasons to train in Aikido.

  1. “Progress comes to those who train and train.”
  2. “To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace.”
  3. “When someone comes in anger, greet him with a smile. This is the highest kind of martial art.”
  4. “Aikido is a path that follows natural principles, principles that must be applied to daily living.”
  5. “A true warrior is invincible because he contests with nothing.”

Aikido at Oom Yung Doe

Oom Yung Doe teaches 8 complete martial arts as a single curriculum. This results in greater, more comprehensive development and richer self-defense skills. When teaching Aikido, we teach students the proper range of motion for the human body and how to use that knowledge to incapacitate an opponent’s limbs with a minimum of pressure at the correct angles and through fluid motion. Students will achieve an increase in grip strength and an understanding of the swift movements needed to change a position of weakness into a position of strength.

Aikido is integral to our adult martial arts program.

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