Martial Arts: Aikido Essay

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Aikido is a form of martial arts developed in the 20’s by Morihei Ueshiba. It is rooted in several styles of jujitsu as well as forms of sword and spear fighting. Simply put, Aikido takes the joint locks and throws from jujitsu and merges them with movements of spear or sword fighting. Ueshiba’s Aikido bases its philosophy on peaceful conflict resolution and only using martial training to improve oneself. The emphasis on gaining control and causing minimum harm is one of the reasons why it is used in law enforcement.


The word "aikido" of three distinct Japanese characters or “kanji”:
The ai – refers to the joining or unification of things
The ki – refers to spirit, mood or energy
The dō –
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Aikido got its official name in 1942 when the Japanese government set out to sponsor the organization and centralization of Japanese arts. Aikido was introduced to Europe in 1951 when Minoru Mochizuki travelled to France. In 1952 Tadashi Abe followed Mochizuki. Kenji Tomiki set out to visit 15 continental states of the United States in 1953, introducing the art and teaching it to those who were interested in learning this form of martial art. Others like Koichi Tomei, Hirishi Tada, Masamichi Noro, Seiichi Sugano, Katsuaki Asai and others followed suit teaching Aikido in countries like Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia and Africa.

Ueshiba devoted time to the study of martial art but he also sought to find a spirituality that he could apply to his physical world. He discovered a religion called Omotokyo which advocated that man should strive to attain Utopia or “heaven on earth”. Omotokyo taught love and compassion should be shown to every man whether they seek to harm us or not. In Aikido, people learn to receive attacks and deflect them without causing any harm to the attacker. This was a great influence on Ueshiba's martial arts philosophy of extending love and compassion especially to those who seek to harm others. Aikido demonstrates this philosophy in its emphasis on mastering martial arts so that one may receive an attack and harmlessly redirect it.

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