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.