Aikido at Kotatsu 2012, what's the big deal?

While visiting Kotatsu, I went and checked out the Aikido demonstration, which was actually quite interesting actually.


What exactly is Aikido? According to Wikipedia, Aikido (合気道) is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as "the Way of unifying (with) life energy" or as "the Way of harmonious spirit." Ueshiba's goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury.

Essentially, Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical strength, as the aikidouka (aikido practitioner) "leads" the attacker's momentum using entering and turning movements. The techniques are completed with various throws or joint locks, as demonstrated in the below videos.


  1. Whoa, that's kind of super awesome! I think I'd like to learn Akido if I had the time for self-defense.

  2. Self Defence with Deadly Force is the way go, gotta teach the opposition not to mess with the wrong Man.