Aikido Philosophy

As a set of techniques, principles of their performance and methods of teaching this material, what we today call “aikido” existed for many centuries before this name appeared. Aiki jutsu, the technique of which underlies aikido continues to exist and develop to this day. What is the uniqueness of aikido, which made this martial art one of the most popular in the world? The main feature has become a deep and highly non-standard for the world of martial arts. Aikido philosophy.

The time of the sword irrevocably passed, the samurai class was abolished, and modern weapons replaced the art of hand-to-hand combat. Such concepts as a soldier and a warrior are divided and now, practically, have nothing in common. The lack of the need to use martial art directly for battle has created a general tendency for the transition of many martial arts from the category “jutsu” (art of battle) to “do” (the way of development and improvement through the practice of the art of battle). For example, judo appeared from ju jutsu, kendo from ken jutsu, and aikido from aiki jutsu.

It should be noted that although the main goal of the aiki jutsu was precisely the development of the combat qualities of the students and the application of the acquired knowledge and skills directly in battle, its fundamental basis was in perfect harmony with the upcoming transition. This art was based on the principle of “aiki”, which was interpreted very simply: “When they pull, push, when they push, pull”. However, the implementation of such a simple principle in terms of practice demanded that practitioners have many years of training experience and continuous improvement of their techniques and combat tactics.

To a greater extent, the success of aikido probably brought the fact that the person who founded aikido, due to his rich life experience and deep moral and ethical judgments, was able to fully realize with the created martial art the possibility of the all-round development of the personality involved. Due to the combination of all the above circumstances, aikido, technically remaining a tough and practical system for conducting hand-to-hand combat, became the so-called “Art of the World” with much deeper inner foundations than its predecessor.

The basic principle of aikido was not the opposition of its strength to the attacker, which implies fighting, but the resolution of the conflict by uniting with the aggressor. The main task of an aikido practitioner is not to use the enemy's attack power, but to prevent his actions with further dispersion or redemption of the attack energy. An attacker must initially be placed in such conditions in which any attack will be futile or absurd. It is quite natural that the more a practitioner learns to understand and control his internal state and its external manifestations, the better he sees and, accordingly, has the ability to control these same aspects of the behavior of his opponent. Such control over oneself and one’s condition, empathy of the emotional state of the opponent and control of his actions are called the union of energies.

Aikido Philosophy, as ways of uniting energies, implies empathy of the state of the attacker, which allows resolving the conflict without a struggle, from the partner’s opponent in the matter of solving a common problem. Due to this principle, such concepts as winning and losing in aikido practice lose their meaning. Similarly, the level of development of aikido practitioner is not limited to victory over an external opponent, but involves continuous self-improvement, both physically and spiritually.

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