What is Aikido?

What is Aikido?

Aikido is a form of Japanese martial art originally created by Morihei Ueshiba in the 1920’s. A way of combining his studies of Martial Arts, Religious Beliefs, and Philosophy. Aikido is often translated to “The way of unifying life energy”. Aikido techniques highly focus on redirecting your opponent’s momentum against them. It incorporates wrist and joint control and throws. It also incorporates techniques to deal with multiple attackers and weapons. Aikido uses a ranking system to progress and shows students level of knowledge. The system starts at 6th Kyu, equivalent to a white belt, and goes up to 8th Dan. It looks as follows:

the kyu category & its ranks rank of 6th kyu (rokkyu)
rank of 5th kyu (gokyu)
white belt
rank of 4th kyu (yonkyu)
rank of 3rd kyu (sankyu)
white or blue belt
rank of 2nd kyu (nikyu)
rank of 1st kyu (ikkyu)
white or brown belt
the dan category & its ranks rank of 1st dan (shodan)
rank of 2nd dan (nidan)
rank of 3rd dan (sandan)
black belt & hakama
rank of 4th dan (yondan)
rank of 5th dan (godan)
rank of 6th dan (rokudan)
rank of 7th dan (shichidan)
rank of 8th dan (hachidan)

Source: Aikido-west.org

In the popular combination of Mixed Martial Arts or MMA it is only a matter of time until we see effective use of Aikido.

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