What is Aikido?

The essence of Aikido technique is spherical motion around a stable, energized center. As in a tornado or whirlpool, the forces created not only deflect the force of the attack, but draw the attacker into the control of the aikidoist. Aikido is known for its graceful techniques, swift, seemingly effortless movements which propel an attacker through the air. Also, by means of subtle pressure applied to joints puts an opponent into painful submission and control. Ultimately it is the attack that brings down the attacker.

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The Dynamics of Nihon Goshin Aikido

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Aikido employs techniques that are traditional to the samurai warrior of history. However, the Twentieth Century has brought with it its own conditions that no longer resemble the broad, open spaces of the battlefield. Today's citizen is more likely to find it necessary to defend themself in a telephone booth, alleyway or even a cramped subway car. In other words, there are times when you simply cannot execute a broad, sweeping technique and must strike instead. For that reason Nihon Goshin Aikido employs an arsenal of defenses; kicks, punches, chops, elbow blows, not to mention chokes, restraining holds, defenses against modern weapons, etc. that enhance the core of our traditional Aikido training.