Whereas many martial arts have consequently developed into competition sports, Aikido has remained what it has always been: traditional self defense.
Based on traditional fighting techniques, the founder of modern Aikido,
Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, developed this way of weaponless self defense
at the beginning of the last century.
By completely renouncing competitions, the original effective and elegant
techniques of Aikido remain unchanged.
The aim of Aikido is to convince an attacker of the senselessness of his actions. The Aikidoka uses the force of the attacker in order to break his balance. According to Sensei Ueshiba,"Aikido is not a method of resistance; and since it never resists, it is always victorious." To put it in other words: Aikido is the art of using the enemy's power against himself. The stronger the attack, the more effective the defense will be, requiring only a minimum of physical exertion.
For these reasons, Aikido is very suitable for people without athletic dispositions and ideal for older people because the low risk of injury.
Children are taught concentration, discipline and improve their coordination
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