What is Aikido Martial Arts?

The Way of Harmony Through Self-Defense

At Innovative Martial Arts Academy of Wake Forest, we take our cutting-edge training seriously. Our high-energy classes, for all levels and ages, offer an opportunity to challenge your body and mind. One of our disciplines at the Dojo is Aikido, a Japanese martial art that is a dynamic and flowing form of non-violent self-defense. In this article, we will take some time to define Aikido and provide useful information about the style. 


What is Aikido?

The martial art style of Aikido was developed around the ultimate goal of peaceful resolutions rather than defeat. The word Aikido means “the Way of Harmony with Universal Energy.”

  • “Ai” – join or harmony
  • “Ki” – spirit or universal energy
  • “Do” – the Way

Aikido allows a person to redirect an attacker’s energy and turn it back on them. This Japanese discipline teaches self-defense through throwing, joint locks, and using the effects of your physical momentum to ensure you come out on top of a particular situation. 


What is the Purpose of Aikido?

Traditional Aikido is a non-competitive martial arts style where promotions do not come from defeating an opponent. There are two fundamental core principles in Aikido: 

  1. A commitment to peaceful resolution of conflict 
  2. A commitment to self-improvement through training

 Aikido is more about conquering one’s own limitations, fears, and weaknesses than dominating an opponent. 


How did Aikido Reach America? 

Developed by Morihei Ueshiba in the late 1800s, early Aikido reflected a much harder training style with increased strikes to vital points and greater use of weapons. As Ueshiba grew as a martial arts instructor, so did the style of Aikido. In the end, Ueshiba trained four generations of students: pre-war students, Second World War students, post-war students in Iwama, and those who studied during his final years. Each generation had different approaches to Aikido due to Ueshiba’s stage of life. After the war, some of the students took their training to other countries resulting in the spread of Aikido.   


Where Can I Learn Aikido?

Now spanning the world, Aikido can be practiced at Dojos around the United States. At Innovative Martial Arts Academy, our Martial Arts training offers men, women and children the opportunity to challenge their bodies and minds without the threat of injury and intimidation. Take on the best training in disciplines like Aikido, Kenpo Karate, and Kali, and build your skills one day at a time with the help of our dedicated instructors


We are proud to serve families across Wake Forest, Wakefield, and the surrounding area with a rewarding experience that can set you or your child up for success in all aspects of life. If you’re interested in learning about our martial arts program, contact us at 919.562.4663, or visit our website.  


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