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Aikido is a Japanese martial art currently practiced throughout the world Behind the powerful catapulting throws and immobilizing locks and pins of Aikido lie some very simple principles remove yourself from the direct line of your enemys attack and through the absorption and deflection of the force of the attack your enemy is taken out of balance and defeated by the energy of his or her own aggression Aikido does not use strength against strength but stresses body and mind relaxation to direct the opponents force away Because its main purpose is not to take the offensive in injuring or harming the opponent Aikido has often been called a nonviolent martial art In daily practice the student of Aikido seeks to achieve the firmness stability sobriety and elegance which make Aikido on e of the most powerful and beautiful ways of artistic expression while conserving its potential as one of the most devastating offers of self-defense Aikido may be practiced by all people regardless of age sex religion or previous athletic ability Systematic Aikido practice leads to increased aerobic capacity and to overall body conditioning through both flexibility and strength training Aikido makes extensive use of the concept of ki Aikido is one of the more spiritual martial arts and has been referred to as moving Zen The name Aikido can be translated as the way of harmony of ki Exactly what ki is is a somewhat controversial issue Some believe that the physical entity ki simply does not exist Instead the spirit the intention the bio-physico-psychological coordination through relaxation and awareness are concepts being used in the teachingOne must first learn to control oneself before attempting to harmonize and control others Without a good balance and control of oneself one can neither avoid an attack nor apply an effective technique on others It is through self-control that one can learn to enjoy a harmonious way of lifeKi is the force behind all things Everything
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