Have you heard of Aikido before? What did it sound like when you first hear it? Like a type of dish? This article is to introduce you to what traditional aikido means and how it is usually done.
Aikido is a type of martial art with great techniques in self-defence. Its origin could be traced to Morihei Ueshiba. At the initiate stage, it was conceived as a form of traditional exercise to train both the body and the mind for protection against the opponents. It makes both the mind and the body to concentrate hence they strengthen the Aikido artists.
In practise, Aikido involves several circular movements; the artists create a circle to protect the performer from an opposing force collision. The circle is usually with a firm centre. In spinning top, without a firm centre an imbalance will be created in the movement. When the spinning top is still and speeding while motion it is called Sumikiri.
However just like other traditional arts and skills, Aikido has also witness vicissitude of changes over the years both in styles and techniques. As a result, various different schools of Aikido have sprouted out all over the world. These variations are said to be caused by the different style the founder, Morihei, used to train different students during the early stage of the traditional art. The students later disperse over the land to create their own school of thought generally influenced by their philosophy.