Yoshinkan Aikido is not a sport. Aikido is the development and strengthening of the body and mind, and the practical side of Aikido must never be forgotten.
- What kinds of techniques are used in Aikido?
- Aikido uses circular movements in order to assimilate with the power
of an attack. (This power is the energy which is generated when two people
pass each other.) Then after assimilating with the attack the Aikido technique
neutralizes the enemy's attack completely from a dead angle.
- Why is Aikido called "The Martial Art of Harmony"?
- Aikido techniques don't have unnatural movements.
For example, if your enemy pulls you, the action you take will not
be to resist the pull, but to harmonize with the movement, and lead the
attacker to a naturally unbalance position. Aikido always applies a harmonizing
technique and that is the reason why Aikido is called "the Martial
Art of Harmony".
- Is Aikido good for your health?
Many people visit Aikido dojos for health purposes.
Although, many other sports are good for keeping you healthy, Aikido
has many motions using muscles and joints that are not usually used. Twists,
turns, and stretches in Aikido training, stimulate muscles and nerve centers
in your body, which are good for your health and well being.
Aikido is a martial art where you train in a cooperative atmosphere
with an ambitious mind, concentrating on training with the help of others.
In this healthy environment, practicing Aikido will make you feel mentally
- Aikido is said to be good for character-building. Why?
- Aikido always harmonizes with the enemy's attack without collision. This
feature of Aikido inspires the spirit of cooperation with others.
In a serious clean dojo, with courtesy and manner, continuous training
will help students to mature, become broad-minded, understanding, accepting
and appreciative. Aikido will enrich practitioners' humanities.
- What is "Ki" in Aikido?
"Ki" means the source of life, the power that vitalizes you, or
life itself. When you apply a technique at the moment that the enemy's "Ki" weakens,
you will be able to perform the technique better than usual.
In Aikido training, Kokyu-ryoku (Breath-Power) is naturally developed
which is a fundamental power generated by the flow of "Ki".
- Why is Aikido thought to be useful for self-defense?
- Aikido techniques are designed to neutralize the attacker, therefore
it is ideal for self-defense.
- Can anyone practice Aikido?
- Aikido doesn't use hard collision. It makes use of the enemy's power
of the attack when applying the technique. In this sense, physical spec,
like body size, muscle strength, do not matter in the practice of Aikido.
For that reason, Aikido is spreading throughout the world among young and
old, male and female.
- How about starting from a beginners' level?
- Most of the new members of the dojo are beginners of Aikido, and have
never experienced other martial arts. Aikido is not a competitive style
sport, like playing a game or competing for records.
A new student begins by intensively practicing basic movements and
techniques repeatedly. Practicing repeatedly and continuously, the student
improves their Aikido step by step.
- Can I start at anytime?
- Absolutely. Yoshinkan Honbu and all the other Yoshinkan Dojos around
the world are waiting for you to contact them.