About Aikido
Aikido is a martial art based on ancient Japanese tradition.
Aikido was created by integrating the techniques and teachings of ancient Japanese martial arts (Budo) by Morihei Ueshiba, who mastered a variety of traditional Japanese martial arts.
Since Aikido is Budo in its purest form, it is not comsumed by the ideas of victory and defeat and much more emphasis is put on mental training.
Aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba teaches that the first objective of Aikido is " Seeking mental and emotional stability through training in Aikido techniques".
Techniques are also a type of "Gyo" (religious austerities) that leads you along a higher path to the perfection of the self.
Aikido has a spiritual side.
Aikido increases your mental power and leads to a more stable mental state through the harmony between mind and body and also between nature and the self.
In Aikido, the training of "Tachi" and "Jo" deepens the understanding of "Taijutsu" further.
Trainings with "Tachi" and "Jo" starts with practicing swinging to understand the basic movements.
After this training, we proceed to Kumitachi & Kumujo (sword drills and staff drills), then to a variety of techniques, i.e., Tachidori, Jotori and Tantodori (defense against sword, staff and knife) .
Sword techniques in Aikido such as Kumitachi were developed by the founder applying the principles of Aikido, which is itself based on various ancient Budo techniques.
These weapon drills include most of the body movements used in Aikido.
Therefore, we can apply the same movements learned for Taijutsu to Kumitachi drills.
The same is true for Kumijo drills.
Hence trainings with Bokuto (wooden sword) and Jo (wooden staff) is just as important as Taijutsu training (hand to hand techniques) in order to improve Aikido techniques.
The essence of Aikiken (wooden sword technique) is to harmonize with your opponent's movements and intensions, redirecting both to suit your own purpose.
Kumitachi and Kumijo both follow this principle of redirecting force.
Therefore, Ken, Jo and Taijutsu come together harmoniously to comprise Aikido in its complete form.
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