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Old June 11th, 2008, 08:23   Go To Top / FR Forum Home / #1
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I have included Aikido in my new Float & Pilates program so I wan't to share some information about Aikido with you.

Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba (often referred to by his title 'O Sensei' or 'Great Teacher'). On a purely physical level it is an art involving some throws and joint locks that are derived from Jujitsu and some throws and other techniques derived from Kenjutsu. Aikido do not focus on punching or kicking opponents, but rather on using their own energy to gain control of them or to throw them away from you. It is not a static art, but places great emphasis on motion and the dynamics of movement.

Upon closer examination, practitioners will find from Aikido what they are looking for, whether it is applicable self-defense technique, spiritual enlightenment, physical health or peace of mind. O Sensei emphasized the moral and spiritual aspects of this art, placing great weight on the development of harmony and peace. "The Way of Harmony of the Spirit" is one way that "Aikido" may be translated into English. This is still true of Aikido today, although different styles emphasize the more spiritual aspects to greater or lesser degrees.

Although the idea of a martial discipline striving for peace and harmony may seem paradoxical, it is the most basic tenet of the art.
We could attempt to pigeonhole Aikido into a synopsis of X number of words, but that would not do it justice, so we leave the practitioner of Aikido to find out what Aikido is for themselves without any preconceived notions.

Many students who trained under O Sensei decided to spread their knowledge of Aikido by opening their own dojos. Due, among other things, to the dynamic nature of Aikido, different students of O Sensei interpreted his Aikido in different ways.

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I've watched a few programs about Aikido on National Geographic. It's a very interesting martial art form. Great post
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I've watched a few programs about Aikido on National Geographic. It's a very interesting martial art form. Great post
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Is that a program NG have on a regular basis on a certain day?
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Mona, the program is called "Fight Science". National Geographic gathered scientist in order to analyse some martial arts phenomens and the best martial art weapons.

Here is a link to the website..
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Great link Ron, thanks for sharing. I love National Geographic
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Aikido is amazing. I've read quite a bit about it and, like most of you in this thread, I've also watched the program on national geographic. Here is a little more info about Aikido.

The word "aikido" is formed of three kanji:

* 合 - ai - joining, harmonizing
* 気 - ki - spirit, life energy
* 道 - dō - way, path

The term dō connects the practice of aikido with the philosophical concept of Tao, which can be found in martial arts such as judo and kendo, and in more peaceful arts such as Japanese calligraphy (shodō) and flower arranging (kadō). The term aiki refers to the martial arts principle or tactic of blending with an attacker's movements for the purpose of controlling their actions with minimal effort. One applies aiki by understanding the rhythm and intent of the attacker to find the optimal position and timing to apply a counter-technique. Historically, aiki was mastered for the purpose of killing; however in aikido one seeks to control an aggressor without causing harm. The founder of aikido declared: "To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace."

Physical training goals pursued in conjunction with aikido include controlled relaxation, flexibility, and endurance, with less emphasis on strength training. In aikido pushing or extending movements are much more common than pulling or contracting movements. This distinction can be applied to general fitness goals for the aikido practitioner.

Certain anaerobic fitness activities, such as weight training, emphasize contracting movements. In aikido specific muscles or muscle groups are not isolated and worked to improve tone, mass, and power. Aikido related training emphasizes the use of coordinated whole body movement and balance similar to yoga or pilates. For example many dojo begin each class with warm-up exercises, which may include stretching and break falls.
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The word "aikido" is formed of three kanji:

* 合 - ai - joining, harmonizing
* 気 - ki - spirit, life energy
* 道 - dō - way, path
Cool! More I can add to my little notepad hehe
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I've watched a few programs about Aikido on National Geographic.
I think I watched the same program on tv last night. Must have been a rerun. Fascinating stuff
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