Daily Archives: August 13, 2011

Steven Seagal, Acting Aikido


Aikido (合気道, Aikidō?) 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[1] or as “the Way of harmonious spirit.”[2] Ueshiba’s goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aikido)

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 aikidōka (aikido practitioner) “leads” the attacker’s momentum using entering and turning movements. The techniques are completed with various throws or joint locks.[3]

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