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Old 03-22-2005, 01:48 AM   #1
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What is Aikido?

Hi everyone,

I have been asking myself this question for quite some time now and still haven't come up with an answer, What is Aikido? I know that it is an art that Morihei Ueshiba named in 1942 formally and that Aikido translated roughly means The way of peace and harmony, but what is the true meaning of Aikido.

I hear people talk about Aikido and allot of the time they are discussing what is the "real" style of Aikido and weather or not Aikido should have Atemi as it conflicts with the moral and ethical views of the O'Sensei.

I would really appreciate everybody's thoughts and opinions on this.

Thanks and keep training
Ben

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Old 03-22-2005, 03:49 AM   #2
Amir Krause
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Re: What is Aikido?

In the way one of our Shihan said : "Aikido is one type of JuJutsu" or if you prefer - Aikido is a generic term describing several Japanese M.A.



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Old 03-22-2005, 04:35 AM   #3
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Re: What is Aikido?

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Ben McClean wrote:
Hi everyone,

I have been asking myself this question for quite some time now and still haven't come up with an answer, What is Aikido? I know that it is an art that Morihei Ueshiba named in 1942 formally and that Aikido translated roughly means The way of peace and harmony, but what is the true meaning of Aikido.

I hear people talk about Aikido and allot of the time they are discussing what is the "real" style of Aikido and weather or not Aikido should have Atemi as it conflicts with the moral and ethical views of the O'Sensei.

I would really appreciate everybody's thoughts and opinions on this.

Thanks and keep training
Ben
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Old 03-22-2005, 04:55 AM   #4
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Re: What is Aikido?

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What is Aikido? I know that it is an art that Morihei Ueshiba named in 1942
Nope, it wasn't Ueshiba M. who named it.
Check out this interview, or try a google search for 'aikido' in conjuction with "dai nihon butokukai" for more info.

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Old 03-23-2005, 08:19 PM   #5
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Re: What is Aikido?

There was a nother thread going here refering via a link to a mysterious martial art brought to america in the 1920's (?) called Yawara. The guy talked about in this article said that yawara is the alternative name for jujitsu...
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Old 03-24-2005, 05:19 AM   #6
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Re: What is Aikido?

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There was a nother thread going here refering via a link to a mysterious martial art brought to america in the 1920's (?) called Yawara. The guy talked about in this article said that yawara is the alternative name for jujitsu...
In jujitsu we sometimes practiced a variation using a short stick entitled a yawara bo. Still jujitsu but using the properties of the short stick to enhance pressure point strikes and suchlike.

A more modern version of this would be the kubotan ...found on many a key ring these days.

Maybe this is what you are talking about?

Heres a link anyway...

http://www.4-site.co.uk/goshin/kubohtm.htm

Cheers

D
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Old 03-24-2005, 06:48 AM   #7
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Re: What is Aikido?

Yawara is indeed an alternate word for jujutsu...but not knowing much japanese at all, I couldn't tell you about the kanji, or if they are the same as the yawara used in kubotan. Chris Li, Peter G., Don M. might be able to give a hand here.

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Old 03-24-2005, 12:20 PM   #8
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Re: What is Aikido?

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Yawara is indeed an alternate word for jujutsu...but not knowing much japanese at all, I couldn't tell you about the kanji, or if they are the same as the yawara used in kubotan. Chris Li, Peter G., Don M. might be able to give a hand here.
The kanji "ju" and "yawara" are the same ("flexible" or "soft"). Both are rather generic terms for Japanese empty hand fighting arts.

The term "Aikido" itself does indeed have it's origins inside the Butokukai, but to say that Morihei Ueshiba didn't name the art is, IMO, incorrect, since he and not anyone else chose to call his his art by that term both before and after the war. I'd also note that, although it was originally conceived of as a more general term, it didn't turn out that way in the end, so to say that "Aikido" is a general term that describes several different martial arts is, IMO, also incorrect, both historically and in terms of general usage inside Japan.

Best,

Chris

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Old 03-25-2005, 07:15 AM   #9
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Re: What is Aikido?

We people say aikido I think we are pretty much expecting inuri (verticality), taiatari (full body connection), and ki musubi (which is basically taiatari combined with kokyu where kokyu = breath, rhythm, form, expansion and contraction, etc..)

There are some other qualities we expect as well like zen (symbolized by a sword in this context meaning judgment - as in to do minimal damage), shin or makoto (symbolized by a mirror in this context meaning like truth and honesty), and bi (symbolized by beads in this context meaning beauty).

Put those together, and I'd say you're doing aikido.

Rob
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Old 03-25-2005, 07:35 AM   #10
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Sorry, I meant "WHEN people say..."
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Old 03-25-2005, 07:55 AM   #11
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Re: What is Aikido?

I do not have the insight into Aikido that others have, though I have been practicing Aikido since 1986. But over those years I have had the good fortune to practice with many Aikidoka from all forms of the art. And to many of those folks, Aikido is a martial art that teaches harmony. And I do not mean harmony that Crosby, Stills Nash and Young practice(Ya..I am showing my age!!!). But rather the harmony that two practitioners of the art develop when one attacks and another responds to that attack.

So...what I am poorly attempting to say is Aikido can be many things to many people, but....as I said, when you talk to the many folks that practice and study the art, their response is always given with a smile and with enjoyment. They study to improve themselves and to help others. And that is a large part of what Aikido practice is meant to foster...in my humble opinion....
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