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Old 04-02-2006, 07:09 PM   #21
Lyle Bogin
Dojo: Shin Budo Kai
Location: Manhattan
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 588
Re: Aikido in 70 Words or Less

To be serious, I'd say Aikido is a modern martial art of japanese origin that still retains much of the Japanese cultural aesthetic. It involves paired, contact training with a partner in which the primary role is alternated. The risk of injury varies, but is generally low to moderate as practice is ideally non-competitive. The techniques of aikido involve mostly throws, restraining techniques, and "ukemi" (falling skills). The philosophical orientation of Aikido's inventor and japanese martial arts in general allow for a wide variety of interpretations and philosophical associations. Aikido is studied for recreation, law enforcement, self-defense, and personal fulfillment.
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