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UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN

AIKIDO CLUB

Affiliated to the Irish Aikido Federation (Ireland Aikikai)

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AI - the way.

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DO - harmony

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KI - the power of nature

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Aikido roughly translates from the Japanese as the way of harmony with the fundamental power of nature.

Morihei Ueshiba (right) given the title O Sensai, or great teacher, by his students developed this modern martial art, which has its roots in Jujitsu and a variety of sword techniques long established in the Japanese tradition. By doing so, he created an art of surprising grace and power.

Aikido is about using the weight, momentum and strength of an opponent to defeat them. In general the techniques are based on circular movements that re-direct an attacker rather than forcibly repel them, therefore there is an emphasis on smooth, relaxed movement and good balance, which generate many powerful techniques. As it is not about brute force, even the smallest and weakest can become accomplished practitioners.

O Sensai, Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido

It is often referred to as a ‘soft’ martial art, because it doesn’t have to be violent. Police forces all over the world use Aikido as it allows them to stop or immobilise someone without doing them any harm.

It is quite hard to understand what Aikido is from such a short explanation, and without having seen it before. So, take a look at these video clips to see more:

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There’s more depth to be found in the following sections:

TRAINING

CULTURE

VOCABULARY

*Clips recorded and digitized by Michal  Koutek,  Czech Republic, xkoutekm@felk.cvut.cz, copyright MikoSoft 1995. See links page for more

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