The Four Keys To Aikido Techniques - An Ancient Form Of Japanese Martial Arts

aikido training

Aikido techniques come from a Japanese martial art, which was initiated by Ueshiba Morihei, who is professional in this field. The name Aikido originates from Japanese words such as ai, which means harmony or unity; ki, which means vital energy or breath and do, which means way. The main focus of this type of martial arts is to control vital energy in the stomach area to be able to defeat the opposition.
This art is also focused on attacking an adversary from particular nerve points, which once pressed could wipe out the enemy without even risking the cause death. There are two primary classifications for these movements and these are Katame-waza (movements of control) and nage-waza (movements to throw a challenger). These two categories consist of more than seven-hundred moves, many of which originate from kata. A Kata represents movements in order to free oneself from an opponent's hold; exerting pressure on the limbs in order to toss the enemy on the floor and also to stop the opposition from moving. Such movements would be the fundamental aspects which make-up the self defense techniques of aikido.  

In order for someone to concentrate on attaining harmony between ki and tai - the body, an exercise must be carried out to expand the ki. Emphasis will be placed on the stomach, so as to really feel the energy from the body being released through the arms. Basically, the aim is to recognize energy in between stances and breathing, whilst learning how to sustain it. Focus and training is extremely important when doing this martial art. 

This activity can be exhilarating and will involve lots of strictness, but a person should understand how to utilize the different techniques. In fact, the difference between success and defeat quite often is dependent on the accurate execution of the techniques. To successfully carry out the techniques one must have a relaxed and calm body, correct positioning and clear mind. 
The fundamental movements which need to be taught for someone to master the aikido techniques include correct footwork, falling, rolling and basic exercises. Based on the techniques, the four primary aspects of focus would be Stances, Attacks, Throws and Footwork


aikido stances

The standard position is the Mutual Stance in which the uke (one who will get thrown or hit) as well as the nage (one who throws or throws) each have the same foot in front. Next is the middle position in which the fighter's weapon or hands is placed using the individuals body. An additional position is the lower position in which the hands or the weapon or hands is lowered. 


aikido footwork

The initial one is the opening footwork in which the fighter penetrates the opponents space. The challenger will have to place him or her self in such a manner that challenger is obligated to stop attacking. Physically it implies positioning oneself in such a way to evade attack. It entails infiltrating a vicious assault on a spiritual level. 


aikido attacks

Holds and grips are the main attacks. Grabs are grouped as elbow grab, shoulder grabs, collar grabs, strike to the head and cross-hand grab. Additionally this category includes strikes to the chest, neck strangle and strikes to the top of the head or the stomach. Rear choke, straight punch and striking the side of the head likewise come under attack category. 


aikido throws

These are certainly difficult and call for a lot of stamina from both the sage as well as the nuke. The primary throws are entering throw, bending drop throw, breath throw, rotary throw, arm-entwining throw, writ turn-out throw, hip throw among others. 
There are lots of additional strategies to make use of to provide thorough defence and are founded upon these fundamental tactics.  


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