What’s the use of a martial art if you can’t apply it to protect yourself and your loved ones, right? Initially, the reason why people decide to learn martial arts is to develop self defense skills. The other thing is, when someone talks about self defense, it has most of the time been associated with the aspects of practical fighting such as hand to hand combats which most find quite effective on the streets.
There had been discussions as to how a martial art such as Aikido becomes effective when someone encounters a situation where he needs to defend himself. That’s something to think about indeed. An Aikido martial artist uses a lot of flowing and coordinated movements as seen on videos and aikido pics. Others think of it as the softer side of martial art which eventually causes them to doubt as to how it could be used when you’re being attacked on the streets. Why don’t we just take a quick look at Aikido’s history in order to understand why such a graceful martial art can also be a deadly defense skill when used properly?
Aikido’s main purpose is to promote life and understanding, not by defeating others. That is the opinion stated by O’Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. Therefore as a martial art, it is not only known as a system of self defense but a profound spiritual training. A beginner in martial Aikido would most likely think of it as an unappealing practice if he simply wants to learn it as self defense because the integral part of Aikido is its spiritual training and philosophy and it would take years for an individual to learn these aspects. A person should be entirely decided or determined to practice this martial art as a whole.
Aikido is commonly known as “the way of harmony”. Ai, is harmony; ki is translated as “spiritual energy”; and do, is the way. Morihei Ueshiba taught his students that love and harmony are equal and embedded in the meaning of martial Aikido. The concept is maybe a bit lofty but it can turn into a...