Many people start practicing martial arts to get skills of self-defence. It is necessary to note, that the purpose of the majority of martial arts is not to neutralize the attacker, but to inflict the maximum damage on him. Therefore an insignificant conflict frequently has every chance to end with severe injuries.
Aikido, on the contrary, initially is a form of self-defense. It does not teach how to be the first to rush into a fight and break the hand of the nearest person. The essence of Aikido techniques is to absorb or redirect the opponent's energy, to subordinate him to your influence and due to that to resolve the conflict in your favor.
Aikido techniques demonstration
The essence of Aikido techniques
Techniques in Aikido are devided into three sections:
- Nage – throwing techniques.
- Osae – holding and control techniques.
- Kokyu-ho – breathing techniques.
The main feature of Aikido is that its methods are focused not on attack or protection, not on power or young age, but on precision and timeliness of these methods execution.
Besides, atemi is widely used in Aikido. Atemi are blows. However their purpose in aikido cardinally differs from those of other oriental martial combats. In Aikido blows do not pursue aim of inflicting physical injuries on the opponent. They serve to distract attention of the opponent to capture the initiative, and also to learn to react correctly to the opponent's attack.
Besides in the arsenal of Aikido there are many methods of clearing captures and effective methods of controlling the opponent through painful effects on joints. All these techniques are studied at trainings in Mumonkan aikido school.