People are motivated to learn martial arts for different reasons. Love for Japanese and Chinese culture have driven people into learning Aikido thereby using the art as an entry point into understanding of culture. This only introduces us to another topic concerning Aikido and martial art – Do they have a relationship?
A close and careful look at the word Aikido and a sense of history answers that question. The word Aikido is a combination of three basic “Kanjis” (Domains of martial arts) AI, Ki, Do which means to combine, energy and manner respectively. These domains are available in general martial arts. The difference comes in their place of application. Basically Aikido is a type of martial art that is different in it goals.
Ueshiba the creator of martial arts was a student of Japanese martial arts until he came up with aikido. It is likely that he applied what he had learned from martial arts since childhood to Aikido, and this can be traced in some moves in Aikido. It is also true that Ueshiba introduced some mew move in Aikido.
The focus of martial arts especially that Chinese martial art is different from that of Aikido. While most martial arts focus on speed, consistency and strength, Aikido seems to focus on Coordination and control of the attacker’s kicks.
Some believe that Aikido is not meant for competition and violence. In martial arts, competition and tournaments are common. It is this reason that some Aikido teachers and Japanese martial art trainers believe that Chinese martial arts are ostentatious affair. On the other hand, Aikido seems to focus on the spiritual and value for human life. Although Aikido and just like many more field, skills have advanced but the basic skills and original intent by the founder of the art remain. We can therefore say for sure that Aikido is a martial art that has deviated from the norm, and hence making it special.