Almost everyone has a hobby, an under taking or a game that they like to indulge in. Some are athletic and therefore demands physical energy while others are mental activities. It is true that these activities are more than games because of the numerous amount of time dedicated to these activities. One such activity is Aikido. Aikido is a sub class martial art that traces its origin in Japan. The place of martial arts and more specifically the Aikido has been widely appreciated by different people for various reasons like self defense and for boosting one’s self esteem. However, there are many different aspects and features that make Aikido to be different from other martial arts subclasses like judo, karate and kendo.
One of the mind set of many people concerning martial art is self defense and violence. However, it is surprising and it is almost paradoxical to know that the philosophy of traditional Aikido is solving conflict peacefully without a fight. This is done through control of the fists and any other physical attacks by an opponent. This is achieved by blocking or controlling the attack force of the opponent, not fighting back in retaliation.
Aikido, compared to other martial arts involves mental, physical and psychological ability. The greatest skill needed in Aikido is one of predicting and measuring the direction and force of the kicks of your opponent. The main aim of Aikido is not to hurt, your opponent but to keep them away from hurting you with their kicks. In fact, the art is not founded on a win and lose criterion but on harmonious re-union of the conflicting parties.
Ueshiba O Sensei is credited for this art. Once his students were competent enough, most of them opened and developed their own schools of the same. It is here that Aikido varied in the styles used even today because of the different interpretation of the styles taught by Ueshiba.