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What is Aikido

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Aikido is a relatively new Japanese martial art. It was created in the first half of this century by Morehei Ueshiba, who was a master in swordmanship and jujitsu. Aikido uses the attacker's motion against the attacker by unbalancing him and then either throwing the person or applying an immobilizing arm lock. Aikido movements are circular in nature; an attack is never blocked but rather redirected. Aikido has the potential to be both gentle or deadly, depending on how the techniques are applied. Since brute strength is not required, Aikido can be practiced by men and women of any age or body type.

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