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Unity of The Body and Mind
Aikido is a Japanese martial art currently practiced throughout the world. Behind the powerful catapulting throws and immobilizing locks and pins of Aikido lie some very simple principles: remove yourself from the direct line of your enemy’s attack, and through the absorption and deflection of the force of the attack, your enemy is taken out of balance and defeated by the energy of his or her own aggression. Aikido does not use strength against strength, but stresses body and mind relaxation to direct the opponent’s force away. Because its main purpose is not to take the offensive in injuring or harming the opponent, Aikido has often been called a "nonviolent" martial art.
In daily practice, the student of Aikido seeks to achieve the firmness, stability, sobriety and elegance which make Aikido on e of the most powerful and beautiful ways of artistic expression, while conserving its potential as one of the most devastating offers...
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