Aikido is the grappling art of Kyudokan Bahrain. It is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba whose goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury.
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. This makes aikido on excellent martial art for those who do not have enough physical strength and is suited for women and the elderly. The techniques are completed with various throws or joint locks.
The specific style of aikido instructed in our dojo (school) is the Ki Aikido, or more correctly) Shinshin Toitsu Aikido which was developed by one of Ueshiba’s senior most students, Koichi Tohei.
Shinshin-tōitsu-aikidō, commonly referred to as Ki-Aikido, has specific teaching methods based around the development of mind and body coordination and ki. Much of this teaching is based on the four basic principles to unify mind and body and the five basic principles of aikido, which are:
Four major principles to unify mind and body
1. Keep one-point.
2. Relax completely.
3. Keep weight underside.
4. Extend Ki.
Five Principles of Ki-Aikido
1. Ki is extending.
2. Know your partner’s mind.
3. Respect your partner’s Ki.
4. Put yourself in the place of your partner.
5. Perform with confidence.