A Japanese martial art that focuses on using an enemy’s energy to gain control over them using natural movements, posture and breathing.

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Is there an international martial arts competition/tournament? [on hold]

Is there an international competition/tournament that combines all martial arts styles (karate,jujitsu,aikido,etc.)together in one event or if not seperately. This is not for personal use but for a ...
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Aikido and Bulking Up?

How can one bulk up with lean muscle and do Aikido? Aikido is a martial art in which while being relaxed (read: compliant) joints are stretched, twisted or hyperextended, so joint and ligament ...
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Where to focus to develop a better sense of balance?

When practicing an Aikido technique, where should tori focus his attention to get a better sense for his own balance as well as uke's movements? A common advice seems to be that tori should focus on ...
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Video evidence of Aikido applied against a resisting non-aikidoka?

Can anyone produce video evidence of Aikido being used effectively against a resisting opponent who is not an Aikidoka? Qualifications: Must display classical Aikido technique (Kote Gaeshi, Ikkyo, ...
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Have you seen a fight between *top* Judo and Aikido practitioners?

First of all, no disrespect to anyone. I am not trying to get into a discussion of which art is better/faster/more effective/etc... I get that the quality of the fighter is more important than the ...
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Do Aikido wrist locks work against stronger opponents?

As a part of my training in TKD, I learned how to do some wrist locks for basic self-defense applications. These are quite similar to some techniques from Aikido. However, in practice (during sparring ...
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Problem with more senior club member

I sometimes have to lead classes in my club. Most of the members will do what I say but there are one or two members more senior than me who will almost always go off on a tangent and not listen to me ...
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Is this character using Aikido?

On the television show The Walking Dead, a character named Morgan has become something of a "ninja" in the words of the fans. He uses a staff as his weapon, and espouses a philosophy that all life is ...
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Aikido - overcoming tension

I've been training in Aikikai Aikido for a few years but still have problems tensing up when trying to throw - especially training with someone larger. I've been training for a few years and know the ...
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Aikido kotegaeshi

In order to apply kotegaeshi in the right way, do you have to hold uke's wrist? Or do you have to hold uke's hand, placing your thumb on the back of his hand? I have seen it performed in these two ...
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Looking for Yoshinkan Aikido Dojos in Osaka [closed]

I am living in Osaka right now and am interested in learning Yoshinkan Aikido. I could not find a dojo so I need your help.
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Joining a new dojo, would this be inappropriate?

I have just discovered there is an Aikido dojo in our neighborhood. They do Iaido, but that’s listed under the weapons training. It says on the web site: “After training at XXX dojo for a minimum of ...
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Aikido in a street fight? [duplicate]

I always thought of Aikido as a beautifully choreographed yoga/meditation rather than MA. Is it wrong to think that all this choreography fails in street fights or in MA? All the wrist manipulation ...
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What are the main uses of aikido in self-defense?

So what are the main, real life purposes of aikido that work? Anything specific? Short range? Long range? blocking? striking? etc? What are the most likely times one would probably use it?
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Aikido - working with difficult uke

I'm a short guy been doing aikikai aikido for a few years now and still have a few problems when practicing on bigger folk. For example, when practicing sankyo from a shomenuchi attack, there's a ...
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Aikido yonkyo grip

I'm having a bit of trouble trying to find the pressure point on the forearm with which to do yonkyo. Does anyone have any tips on how to find the right spot? I understand yonkyo doesn't necessarily ...
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Are Aikido joint locks harmful to children?

Note that this question is a mirror of this one on skeptics.se. Due to the lack of answers, I thought here might be a good place to seek more. Feel free to answer in either. There is a fairly wide ...
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Down a hand, looking for new martial art

A little over a month and a half ago I fractured a bone (Fifth metacarpal, AKA behind the pinky knuckle) in my right hand- an apparently fairly common injury known as a boxer's fracture. (Note: The ...
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Teaching ukemi to children

Ukemi (break falling) is a vital skill when doing Aikido. Soon, my club is starting a children class (anyone between 8 to 17) and as instructors, we must teach the children how to break fall. Ideally, ...
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Aikido forward roll with backpack

Is it dangerous to make the forward roll when you have something on your back, assumed that one makes it correctly? As an example if you have a backpack with various hard things like books or boxes ...
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Why do we do ukemi aka break falls?

In Aikido (and Judo, Jujitsu, etc...) we do a lot of break falling or ukemi. It is one of the first thing to is taught to beginners. It is the first thing that they are graded on and one of the ...
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Etymology and meaning of ukemi

I believe that ukemi can be translated as receiving body (受け身). It is what uke (受け, whoever receives the technique) does when nage (投げ thrower) or tori (取り, grabber) applies a technique. Am I correct ...
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Oshitaoshi ukemi name

I am looking for the Japanese (or western) name of the breakfall uke does to escape from oshitaoshi. Basically, this is a half cart wheel that uke does when tori applies oshitaoshi. In the drawing ...
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Falling leaf ukemi

What is the Japanese terminology for a falling leaf break fall? For those who do not know what it looks like. From standing, you would train it by putting both hands on the floor, kicking your legs ...
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Why do we train martial arts? [closed]

I've been doing some serious thinking on WHY i am doing martial arts. Can't get it out of my mind and that's all i've been thinking about. This all happened after a trip to Japan and Australia with ...
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Aikido jo-staff origins

Within some Aikido circles, I have heard it be said that the jo-staff was representing a spear thus should be treated as if it had a blade at one end. This help explains uke's reactions to some of ...
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How to adapt kote hineri against a larger opponent?

Couple of weeks ago we were working on Kote Hineri; I am at least a foot taller than my daughter. My hands are correspondingly larger; I haven't measured, but my palm is probably an inch wider than ...
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Who were the first female aikidoka?

When did the first women start training in Aikido? Who were they and where did they train? Who was the first female aikidoka to achieve teaching rank?
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Who was the first female judoka?

Who were the first female judo players? When did they train? Keiko Fukuda was promoted to fifth degree in 1953
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Translation for “Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything.”

I am looking for the original Japanese phrase for the above quote by Ueshiba Morihei 植芝 盛平, and haven't been able to find it. It is in his book "The Art of Peace", but I haven't got a Japanese ...
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Are there any benefits to Sitting Seiza?

One characteristic exercises from when I studied Aikido was sitting seiza for periods of time, either for a short while between exercises/while watching or as part of an exercise where, sometimes, a ...
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“Aikido is first and foremost BUDO”

The above sentence has been attributed to O'Sensei and I'd like to use it as a motto for my dojo's website. Problem: I can't find a reliable source about when/where he said this. Or a proper Japanese ...
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Finding my center (hara / t'an t'ien)

I have put 40+ hours into aikido practice. It it is becoming very obvious that training in class is not sufficient. I need to stretch more and work on cardio to improve my physic. What I'm having ...
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How can I quickly regain focus during class?

Occasionally I will get (inwardly) frustrated during class, usually when I cannot seem to make heads or tails of an advanced technique. After class I'll work with a senior student to practice the ...
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Aikido Forward Roll

How to do safely a Aikido front roll from standing position and from jumping ? What are the key point to be careful for avoid injury like shoulder dislocation ? What are other injury that can happen ...
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Aikido ikkyo variations

I had few inital classes where we have been training ikkyo. And I'm already getting pretty overwhelmed with the variations. I know that ikkyo is usually followed by the attack name, and than it is ...
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Ten Chin or Tein Chien or something else?

Ten chin or Ttein Chien I'm not sure of transliterated spelling, is the footwork where one foot replaces another/one moves back and the opposite forward, It should one of the four fundamental primary ...
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Avoiding breath lockups

I am beginner at aikido and when I train, for some reason I tend to hold my breath when I should be exhaling. Mostly during falls and techniques where I'm nage. Is there a way to get rid of this bad ...
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Why drop the bokken vertical prior to a downstroke?

My sword teachers raise the sword to above the head, just short of horizontal before beginning a cut. I've noticed that other instructors (e.g. Breeland Sensei, at approx: 1:31, and I will try to ...
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Where can I find or how can I make a tailored white dogi for women?

Does anyone know of a good supplier of white dogi for either aikido or judo that are tailored to women? If not, does anyone know of home made modifications that can be made to a "male" dogi to make ...
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Are there good alternatives to wood for weapons?

As a follow up to my question on the state of my neglected jo: Any way to repair a Jo that has become warped? I've been thinking I don't like my wooden 'Jo's very much. I've broken a couple and ...
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Any way to repair a Jo that has become warped?

I left my Jo (white oak, 1 inch diameter, 51.5 inch length) leaning in the corner for two years. Now I'm using it again and it is noticably bowed and deformed. While it is straight "enough" to be ...
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How can I try to engage students who don't really want to be there?

I teach Aikido at a local community college. Roughly half of the kids are there just to fulfill a P.E. requirement. These students can be frustrating because they aren't really interested in martials ...
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Are Aikido movies on the internet helpful for beginners?

My Aikido teacher advised us (I'm in a beginners group) not to study Aikido movies on youtube, at least not until we get our black belts. He said that's because there are different Aikido styles and ...
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Does Krav Maga have any roots of Aikido?

Looking at this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjmBPFPTq-g it seems that Krav Maga has a lot in common with Aikido, suprisingly! A lot of techniques seem to be Aikido techniques, and also, ...
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Does anyone know a good source of information about Sambo on the web?

I've seen some videos of Sambo, but I've never seen real practice. I've practiced some Aikido and BJJ. Looks like Sambo has some ground elements that might be similar to Jiu-Jitsu and some standing ...
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Are championships against Aikido philosophy?

While I was in Brazil, I heard that there is no such thing and it's against the Aikido principles, but I don't remember more than that. In the UK, I heard about some guys that do it. Is there really ...
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Is there one traditional way of tying your belt in aikido?

I came across this youtube video. Being a beginner in Aikido I was wondering, is this the traditional way of tying your belt? Are there other ways to do it? Does it matter how you tie it?
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What is Fudo Myo-o (concepts of mushin, fudoshin, and zanshin)?

stslavik in an answer related to Kenjutsu mentions the concepts of mushin, fudoshin, and zanshin as part of Fudo Myo-o. While I am somewhat familiar with all three, I am seeking a more in depth ...
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AiKiDo - is there a good translation for all the terms?

I find it extremely difficult to memorise all terms - there is no connection to me with them. Is there a good german or english translation for all terms used in AiKiDo?