Questions tagged [aikido]

A Japanese martial art that focuses on using an enemy’s energy to either throw or pin them using natural movements, posture, and movement.

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How to select the right Aikido dojo

What should I be aware of if I would like to start training Aikido? I used to train as teenager in small dojo. I picked up few tricks but I never got the essence of Aikido. Is there something you ...
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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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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 at the time of writing, I thought here might be a good place to seek more. Feel free to answer in either. ...
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Getting more comfortable sitting in 正座 (seiza)

We often end up sitting in 正座 (seiza) for some time during class. This is much longer during demonstrations and gradings. In addition, a whole corpus of techniques (suwari waza, ghosin no kata) do ...
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Benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within an Aikido dojo

What are the benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within the cadre of a western (aka based in the UK) Aikido dojo? I am interested in personal experience (not opinions) as to whether ...
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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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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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Fall Differences between Jujitsu, Aikido, and Judo

I just started learning Japanese Jujitsu and the techniques for falling are different than Judo and more similar to Aikido. When I learned to do a front or side fall through my previous martial arts ...
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Origins of the ura-waza

The ura-waza (as shown in this video) is a set of ten counters to the basic seventeen techniques of Shodokan Aikido. Those are shown in the first part of the video. While I know the technical details ...
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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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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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What exercises can I do to strengthen my knees for seated techniques?

In Aikido it is known that repeated suwariwaza techniques (seated techniques) are very hard on your knees. Most of the older masters have knee issues where they struggle to transition from seated to ...
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Morning exercise routine for student of Aikido

What would constitute good routine after you get up in the morning to make your body more acclimated for hard lessons later in the day? I'm talking not just about muscle exercises, but stretching and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Was Gozo Shioda influenced by Kimura & Oyama?

I ask because my understanding is that Shioda's Yoshinkan school of Aikido was considered controversial in that it recognized the brutality of combat, when one is fighting for one's life, and ...
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Name this technique against Chudan tsuki ('knife' to the abdomen)

I'm trying to remember the name of a technique, if it even had one, and would welcome suggestions. Uke and Tori stand facing each other, stance is unimportant. Uke attacks Tori with a tanto; its a ...
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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 ...