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Aikido
The art of self-defence


Aikido is a Japanese martial art which was developed by Morihei Ueshiba at the beginning of the 20th century.
On a purely physical level, it is an art involving throws and joint locks that are derived from ju-jitsu and other throws and techniques derived from kenjutsu. Aikido focuses not on punching or kicking opponents, but rather on using their own energy to gain control over them. It is not a static art, aikido places great emphasis on motion and the dynamics of movement.

"Whenever I move, that's Aikido."
O Sensei, Morihei Ueshiba
Out of reverence to its founding father, the 'O Sensei' or 'Great Teacher', aikido explicitly limits its participation in The World Games to the invitational sports program.
Aikido, even in schools with competitions, is of a cooperative rather than antagonistic nature, with both athletes, 'thrower' and 'throwee', working as partners, trying to optimize the experience of the other.
This working partnership is necessary to minimize the chance of injury from practicing aikido techniques, and to develop both athletes' ability to be relaxed when being thrown in a martial situation.
International Aikido Federation
Information about the German Aikido Federation

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